ac·​cli·​ma·​tize | \ ə-ˈklī-mə-ˌtīz How to pronounce acclimatize (audio) \
acclimatized; acclimatizing

Definition of acclimatize

Other Words from acclimatize

acclimatization \ ə-​ˌklī-​mə-​tə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce acclimatize (audio) \ noun
acclimatizer noun

Examples of acclimatize in a Sentence

The mountain climbers spent a few days acclimatizing themselves to the high altitude. had lived through several northern winters before she fully acclimatized her wardrobe
Recent Examples on the Web Buchanan placed a heavy emphasis on Utah’s ability to acclimatize to the conditions in Gainesville. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 Aug. 2022 Children's bodies take longer to increase sweat production and otherwise acclimatize in a warm environment than adults' do, research shows. Emmarie Huetteman, CBS News, 3 Aug. 2022 His death may therefore accentuate any splits within the Taliban; the group’s moderates may wish its efforts to acclimatize to the world stage had not been hampered by this incident. Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, 2 Aug. 2022 Humans have some ability to acclimatize to hot environments. New York Times, 13 June 2022 Across the border in Nepal, teams of climbers were still ascending to high camps to acclimatize before making attempts at the summit. Ben Ayers, Outside Online, 6 May 2022 Oregon OSHA levied a $2,100 fine against the construction company on Aug. 27, finding that the company failed to take steps to acclimatize Harris to heat or to ask him about his recent experience working in heat. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, 6 May 2022 Prior to his #everysinglestreet quest in Mexico, that took place from March 9th to March 17th, Gates was in Oaxaca for two weeks as one of the leaders of a running tour with Aire Libre and to acclimatize to the local elevation. Gael Couturier, Outside Online, 27 Mar. 2019 Only so much can be read into the 3-1 loss in Saturday’s finale at Buffalo, and the Wings' 4-4 record — no one plays with a full NHL lineup — but the past two weeks have been a time for players to acclimatize and coaches to evaluate. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, 10 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of acclimatize

1802, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for acclimatize

ad- + climate + -ize (perhaps modeled on French acclimater) — more at acclimate

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ac·​cli·​ma·​tize | \ ə-ˈklī-mə-ˌtīz How to pronounce acclimatize (audio) \
acclimatized; acclimatizing

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variants: or British acclimatise \ ə-​ˈklī-​mə-​ˌtīz How to pronounce acclimatize (audio) \
acclimatized or British acclimatised; acclimatizing or British acclimatising

Medical Definition of acclimatize

transitive verb

: to adapt to a new temperature, altitude, climate, environment, or situation

Other Words from acclimatize

acclimatization or British acclimatisation \ ə-​ˌklī-​mət-​ə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce acclimatize (audio) \ noun

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