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 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 Today, when Preston thinks back on those days in Sterling Library and nights in Vanderbilt Hall, the bumbling ways in which the administration and the student body tried to acclimatize to the presence of female students strike her as trivial. Ashley Fetters, The Atlantic, "Yale’s First Women Changed Their School Amid a Changing America," 22 Sep. 2019 Thomas went to the Canary Islands off the coast of northwest Africa to acclimatize himself on roads around the Teide volcano that rises to 3,718 meters (12,198 feet). John Leicester,, "Aiming high: Altitude is the acid test at Tour de France," 5 July 2019 It was been widely reported that the Brazilian has grown tired of life in France, after dreams of personal accolades and Champions League glory have instead been replaced with niggling injuries and a failure to acclimatize to the local culture., "Barcelona Ready Neymar Bid With Four Players Set to Be Included in Swap Deal for PSG Star," 4 July 2019 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,, "Extreme heat is changing sports, from the Olympics to local races," 15 July 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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22 Nov 2019

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“Acclimatize.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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