acclimatize

verb
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

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Four days into the hike, at 13,780 ft (4,200 m), the teams played a practice game on a smaller pitch to acclimatize. Meghan Mcdonough, Quartz, "Female soccer players are breaking world records to show they’re just as good as the guys," 7 July 2019 Here, the three female and two male rhinos slowly acclimatized to the prospect of life in the wild, with subtle diet changes, increased contact with each other, and crate containment practice for the long flight ahead. Sophy Roberts, Condé Nast Traveler, "Rwanda Just Pulled Off the Largest Transport of Rhinos From Europe to Africa," 26 June 2019 To help Pulisic acclimatize to the move to a foreign country, with an entirely new language, father Mark also came over to Dortmund and joined the club as a coach. Ben Morse, CNN, "Christian Pulisic: From Pennsylvania to London (via Brackley Town and Dortmund)," 11 Aug. 2019 One key to competing in heat is for athletes to acclimatize - to arrive at the destination early and exercise for at least seven to 10 days in the hot conditions. Rick Maese, courant.com, "Extreme heat is changing sports, from the Olympics to local races," 15 July 2019 Most climbers who summit Everest spend 60 to 70 days doing so, in order to acclimatize themselves to the atmosphere at high altitudes. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: A Big Tobacco redux?," 26 June 2019 Early summer heat waves can be especially lethal, as people have not yet had time to acclimatize to the higher temperatures. oregonlive.com, "Potentially historic early-summer heat wave to roast Europe," 25 June 2019 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

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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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The first known use of acclimatize was in 1802

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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 How to pronounce acclimatize (audio) \
acclimatized; acclimatizing

Kids Definition of acclimatize

acclimatize

verb
ac·​cli·​ma·​tize
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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