acclimate

verb ac·cli·mate \ ˈa-klə-ˌmāt ; ə-ˈklī-mət , -ˌmāt \
Updated on: 24 Nov 2017

Definition of acclimate

acclimated; acclimating
transitive verb
: to adapt (someone) to a new temperature, altitude, climate, environment, or situation
  • They had to acclimate themselves to an urban lifestyle.
  • slowly becoming acclimated to a new environment
intransitive verb
: to adjust or adapt to a new temperature, climate, environment, or situation : to become acclimated
  • climbers gradually acclimating to the high altitude

Examples of acclimate in a Sentence

  1. I acclimated myself to the hot weather.

  2. You might need to acclimate your plants to bright sunlight gradually.

  3. We took a few days to get acclimated to our new teacher.

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Origin and Etymology of acclimate

borrowed from French acclimater, from a-, prefix forming transitive verbs (going back to Latin ad- ad-) + climat "climate" (going back to Old French) — more at climate


ACCLIMATE Defined for English Language Learners

acclimate

verb

Definition of acclimate for English Language Learners

  • : to adjust or adapt to a new climate, place, or situation


ACCLIMATE Defined for Kids

acclimate

verb ac·cli·mate \ ə-ˈklī-mət , ˈa-klə-ˌmāt \

Definition of acclimate for Students

acclimated; acclimating
: to adjust or change to fit a new climate or new surroundings
  • He had trouble acclimating to the hot weather.

Medical Dictionary

acclimate

verb ac·cli·mate \ ˈak-lə-ˌmāt; ə-ˈklī-mət , -ˌmāt \

medical Definition of acclimate

acclimated; acclimating


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