verb ac·com·mo·date \ ə-ˈkä-mə-ˌdāt \
|Updated on: 8 Jul 2018

Definition of accommodate

accommodated; accommodating
1 : to provide with something desired, needed, or suited
  • I needed money, and they accommodated me with a loan.
2 a : to make room for
  • rebuilt the ship to accommodate the bigger containers
b : to hold without crowding or inconvenience
  • a hotel that can accommodate about 100 people
3 : to bring into agreement or concord : reconcile
  • Investors quickly accommodated themselves to the new market conditions.
4 : to give consideration to : to allow for
  • trying to accommodate the special interests of various groups
5 : to make fit, suitable, or congruous
: to adapt oneself; also : to undergo visual accommodation


play \-ˌdā-tiv\ adjective




play \-ˌdā-tər\ noun

Examples of accommodate in a Sentence

  1. Although Lost World was the hottest movie around, we saw it in a chamber of almost laughable minuteness, barely large enough to accommodate nine rows of seats, which were grudgingly padded … —Bill BrysonI'm a Stranger Here Myself1999
  2. … a farmhouse that has been redone to accommodate both good English antiques and luxe 20th-century comforts without sacrificing any of its rough-hewn charm. —Francine ProseTravel & LeisureDecember 1994
  3. The young-adult horror authors tend to be too busy accommodating MTV attention spans to create vivid personalities … —Ken TuckerNew York Times Book Review14 Nov. 1993
  4. … political authority depended on tribal leadership, and the scholars had to accommodate themselves to it. —Ernest GellnerCulture, Identity, and Politics1987
  5. Over 600 people can be accommodated on the cruise ship.

  6. The ceilings were too low to accommodate his terrific height.

  7. They were kind enough to accommodate me with a ride to the train station.

  8. I asked them for additional money, and they accommodated me with a loan.

  9. He would often change his schedule to accommodate his clients.

  10. New facilities are being added to accommodate the special needs of elderly residents.

  11. Smart investors quickly accommodated to the new market conditions.

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Origin and Etymology of accommodate

borrowed from Latin accommodātus, past participle of accommodāre "to fit on, apply, make agree, make suitable, adapt," from ad- ad- + commodāre "to lend, hire, put at the disposal (of), provide," derivative of commodus "convenient, suitable" — more at commode
Note: In part a latinization of Middle French accommoder; John Palsgrave (Lʼéclaircissement de la langue française, 1530) renders accommodate with accommoder.

Synonym Discussion of accommodate

adapt, adjust, accommodate, conform, reconcile mean to bring one thing into correspondence with another. adapt implies a modification according to changing circumstances.
    • adapted themselves to the warmer climate
adjust suggests bringing into a close and exact correspondence or harmony such as exists between parts of a mechanism.
    • adjusted the budget to allow for inflation
accommodate may suggest yielding or compromising to effect a correspondence.
    • accommodated his political beliefs in order to win
conform applies to bringing into accordance with a pattern, example, or principle.
    • refused to conform to society's values
reconcile implies the demonstration of the underlying compatibility of things that seem to be incompatible.
    • tried to reconcile what he said with what I knew
contain, hold, accommodate mean to have or be capable of having within. contain implies the actual presence of a specified substance or quantity within something.
    • the can contains a quart of oil
hold implies the capacity of containing or the usual or permanent function of containing or keeping.
    • the bookcase will hold all my textbooks
accommodate stresses holding without crowding or inconvenience.
    • the hall can accommodate 500 people

ACCOMMODATE Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of accommodate for English Language Learners

  • : to provide room for (someone) : to provide a place to stay and sleep for (someone)

  • : to have room for (someone or something)

  • : to do something helpful for (someone) : to provide what is needed or wanted for (someone or something)

ACCOMMODATE Defined for Kids


verb ac·com·mo·date \ ə-ˈkä-mə-ˌdāt \

Definition of accommodate for Students

accommodated; accommodating
1 : to provide with a place to stay or sleep
  • accommodate guests
2 : to provide with something needed : help out
  • My teacher will change her schedule to accommodate her students.
3 : to have room for
  • The bus accommodates 40 people.

Medical Dictionary


intransitive verb ac·com·mo·date \ ə-ˈkäm-ə-ˌdāt \

medical Definition of accommodate

accommodated; accommodating
: to adapt oneself; also : to undergo visual accommodation


play \-ˌdāt-iv\ adjective

Law Dictionary


transitive verb ac·com·mo·date \ ə-ˈkä-mə-ˌdāt \

legal Definition of accommodate

accommodated; accommodating
1 : to make a change or provision for
  • accommodate a disability
— see also reasonable accommodation
2 : to accept without compensation responsibility for a debt of (another person) in the event of nonpayment as a way of reassuring a reluctant creditor — see also accommodation paper at paper, accommodation party at party 1a
Note: To accommodate a debtor effectively, the party must sign the debt instrument, adding words describing limitations or conditions to the accommodation, if any.


play \ə-ˌkä-mə-ˈdā-shən\ noun

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