acclimatize

verb
ac·​cli·​ma·​tize | \ə-ˈklī-mə-ˌtīz \
acclimatized; acclimatizing

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Other Words from acclimatize

acclimatization \ə-​ˌklī-​mə-​tə-​ˈzā-​shən \ 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

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Unlike Li, many of the most promising young Chinese players have trained with foreign coaches in their teenage years, which may accelerate their development and acclimatize them to the international nature of the sport. Ben Rothenberg, New York Times, "Years After Retiring, Li Na Wields Major Influence in Tennis," 12 July 2018 Nepali mountain guides — known as Sherpa — make the first trek through the icefall each year, installing ropes and ladders and carrying gear before the first climbers begin traveling through the icefall on acclimatizing runs in April and May. Pradeep Bashyal And Annie Gowen, Washington Post, "Climate change, crowding imperil iconic route to top of Mount Everest," 16 May 2018 Having slyly acclimatized the audience to a naturalistic comedy about the frailty of memory, Albee gleefully reshuffles the cards. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: Glenda Jackson Gets Her Queen Lear Moment in ‘Three Tall Women’," 29 Mar. 2018 The fact that Meghan is joining in several official royal appearances underlines how quickly she is being acclimatized to the family and its public roles. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "Meghan Markle Just Announced Her Biggest Royal Date Yet — with the Queen!," 2 Mar. 2018 The organizers recommend runners arrive in Leh one to two weeks before the run, to acclimatize. Nimisha Jaiswal, USA TODAY, "In a fragile ecosystem, people converge to run at 11,000 feet," 26 Sep. 2017 Both the North and South Col routes house camps at varying heights, where climbers acclimatize and refuel. Andrea Lo, CNN, "Anshu Jamsenpa: the first woman to climb Mount Everest twice in 5 days," 11 Sep. 2017 Community seed stores are really the best idea, because seeds saved in a specific area will be acclimatized for that area. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "How to harvest seeds for your next planting," 2 Aug. 2017 Applegate also cautioned people to acclimatize to the weather before doing strenuous amounts of exercise. Hattie Xu, sacbee, "In summer heat, stay hydrated with water or sports drinks," 4 July 2017

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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

verb

English Language Learners Definition of acclimatize

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

acclimatize

verb
ac·​cli·​ma·​tize | \ə-ˈklī-mə-ˌtīz \
acclimatized; acclimatizing

Kids Definition of acclimatize

acclimatize

verb
ac·​cli·​ma·​tize
variants: or British acclimatise \ə-​ˈklī-​mə-​ˌtīz \
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 \ noun

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