ac·​cli·​mate | \ˈa-klə-ˌmāt; ə-ˈklī-mət, -ˌmāt \
acclimated; acclimating

Definition of acclimate 

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

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Examples of acclimate in a Sentence

I acclimated myself to the hot weather. You might need to acclimate your plants to bright sunlight gradually. We took a few days to get acclimated to our new teacher.
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The leap from prep school to Summer League is not an easy one, and many were curious to see how well Simons would acclimate against the best competition he’s seen in his life. Jeremy Woo,, "Rookie Report Cards: The Most Noteworthy Summer League Showings," 11 July 2018 Maine South left tackle Peter Skoronski is still acclimating to his new status as an elite college football recruit. Steve Reaven,, "Maine South tackle Peter Skoronski ready to meet expectations," 9 July 2018 The Pirates have spent the week acclimating to conditions on the Thames, where the course is narrow, longer than normal and runs against the current. David Wharton,, "Orange Coast crew takes on sport's royalty at Henley regatta in England," 28 June 2018 These young pitchers are getting acclimated to pitching against this tough competition. John Fay,, "Jim Riggleman may make managerial search for Cincinnati Reds unnecessary," 25 June 2018 Duhon is searching for a new home around Normal, Ill., and getting acclimated with the area before his wife and children — ages 9, 4-year-old twins and 2 — join him. Shannon Ryan,, "Former Bulls guard Chris Duhon eager to start new 'chapter' as Illinois State assistant coach," 27 June 2018 The season starts in May, and the franchises will hold a training camp of sorts in the two weeks prior to get their players acclimated to one another. Rohan Nadkarni,, "Inside the NBA 2K League's Inaugural Draft," 5 Apr. 2018 However, there are things the team has to sharpen up in order to prepare for next year and get new players acclimated to the team. Alvaro Montano, Houston Chronicle, "Girls soccer: Klein Forest looks ahead to next year as rebuilding continues," 25 Mar. 2018 New coaches have acclimated themselves to their new surroundings. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Oklahoma's still the team to beat in the Big 12," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of acclimate

1792, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for 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

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English Language Learners Definition of acclimate

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


ac·​cli·​mate | \ə-ˈklī-mət, ˈa-klə-ˌmāt\
acclimated; acclimating

Kids Definition of acclimate

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


ac·​cli·​mate | \ˈak-lə-ˌmāt; ə-ˈklī-mət, -ˌmāt \
acclimated; acclimating

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