acclimatize

verb

ac·​cli·​ma·​tize ə-ˈklī-mə-ˌtīz How to pronounce acclimatize (audio)
acclimatized; acclimatizing
acclimatization 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 However, the rough-and-tumble Gilmore struggles to acclimatize to golf’s polished environment. Ben Morse, CNN, 29 Mar. 2024 The best way to get acclimatized is to stay at the Grandview Campground, a primitive camp at an elevation of 8,500 feet. Paul McHugh, Sacramento Bee, 31 Jan. 2024 My main mistake was spending only a single day at high elevation, seeking to acclimatize myself, not the two to four days that are recommended. Paul McHugh, Sacramento Bee, 31 Jan. 2024 Modern researchers believe the Inca used the terraced rings to acclimatize crops to different altitudes for their highly vertical empire. Simeon Tegel, Washington Post, 8 Jan. 2024 And for me, robots are very different and not acclimatized. IEEE Spectrum, 1 Oct. 2023 Even at 80 minutes, the film is less of a sensory assault than a slog, as eyes and mind quickly acclimatize to its ostensibly alienating images. John Semley, WIRED, 9 Oct. 2023 Communities here have spent generations acclimatizing themselves to warm, humid weather, developing both biological and social adaptations. Vasapa Wanichwethin, Washington Post, 31 Aug. 2023 Weeks 5-8 After those first four weeks to acclimatize to the medicine, your healthcare provider will increase the dosage to 0.5mg. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 19 Sep. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1802, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of acclimatize was in 1802

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Cite this Entry

“Acclimatize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/acclimatize. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

acclimatize

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

Medical Definition

acclimatize

verb
ac·​cli·​ma·​tize
variants or British acclimatise
acclimatized or British acclimatised; acclimatizing or British acclimatising

transitive verb

: to adapt to a new temperature, altitude, climate, environment, or situation
acclimatization noun
or British acclimatisation

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