acclimatize

verb

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

Example Sentences

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 People can acclimatize to heat, to some extent, and with routine exposure may begin to sweat more efficiently. Cody Cottier, Discover Magazine, 30 Oct. 2021 Children’s bodies take longer to increase sweat production and otherwise acclimatize in a warm environment than adults’ do, research shows. Emmarie Huetteman, Scientific American, 5 Aug. 2022 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 See More

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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 8 Feb. 2023.

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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