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

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Other Words from acclimatize

acclimatization \ ə-​ˌklī-​mə-​tə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce acclimatization (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 He will be trained by NBA people and begin acclimatizing to pro ball in a way that benefits him and the league. Scott Ostler,, "Napa prep Jalen Green shows path to untangling messy NBA, NCAA relationship," 18 Apr. 2020 In recent years, fishing and conservation clubs at sites along the Lake Michigan shore have maintained the pens in an effort to allow the hatchery fish to acclimatize to the lake and hopefully increase their survival upon release. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Wisconsin fisheries programs adjust during coronavirus pandemic," 15 Apr. 2020 The event was slated for Saturday, April 25, but thousands of athletes and support staff often arrive in the township several weeks before the race to learn the course and acclimatize to the environment. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "Ironman Texas triathlon in The Woodlands postponed," 13 Mar. 2020 But Japan does have a typhoon season and Hagibis and its 250 kilometer-per-hour winds is the 19th of this season for a region utterly acclimatized to severe meteorology. Washington Post, "Tough guys: Rugby players not flustered by massive typhoon," 11 Oct. 2019 When first implementing a dental care routine, pet owners may wish to consult with their veterinarian for advice on brushing techniques and acclimatizing their animal to a new routine. Texas A&m University, Houston Chronicle, "PET TALK: Don’t brush off your cat’s dental health," 15 Feb. 2020 This travel outfitter offers 12-day, small-group trips to Ladakh that include two nights acclimatizing in Leh before driving to the remote Ulley Valley to spend eight days looking for snow leopards with local spotters. Washington Post, "How a lifelong obsession with snow leopards led me to northern India," 10 Jan. 2020 Kean may need a little longer to acclimatize to a league which gives a striker far less time on the ball, and much less space to manoeuvre., "Why Dominic Calvert-Lewin Should Start Ahead of Moise Kean During Everton's Toughest Spell," 25 Sep. 2019 And a recent research review from Army researchers concluded that all humans seem to have at least some ability to acclimatize to the cold. Markham Heid, Time, "How to Help Your Body Adjust to Colder Weather," 29 Oct. 2019

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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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“Acclimatize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of acclimatize

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


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 acclimatise (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 acclimatisation (audio) \ noun

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