accommodate

verb
ac·​com·​mo·​date | \ ə-ˈkä-mə-ˌdāt How to pronounce accommodate (audio) \
accommodated; accommodating

Definition of accommodate

transitive verb

1 : to provide with something desired, needed, or suited I needed money, and they accommodated me with a loan.
2a : 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

intransitive verb

: to adapt oneself also : to undergo visual accommodation

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Other Words from accommodate

accommodative \ -​ˌdā-​tiv How to pronounce accommodative (audio) \ adjective
accommodativeness noun
accommodator \ -​ˌdā-​tər How to pronounce accommodator (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for accommodate

Synonyms

fit, hold, take

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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

Examples of accommodate in a Sentence

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 Bryson, I'm a Stranger Here Myself, 1999 … 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 Prose, Travel & Leisure, December 1994 The young-adult horror authors tend to be too busy accommodating MTV attention spans to create vivid personalities … — Ken Tucker, New York Times Book Review, 14 Nov. 1993 … political authority depended on tribal leadership, and the scholars had to accommodate themselves to it. — Ernest Gellner, Culture, Identity, and Politics, 1987 Over 600 people can be accommodated on the cruise ship. The ceilings were too low to accommodate his terrific height. They were kind enough to accommodate me with a ride to the train station. I asked them for additional money, and they accommodated me with a loan. He would often change his schedule to accommodate his clients. New facilities are being added to accommodate the special needs of elderly residents. Smart investors quickly accommodated to the new market conditions.
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Recent Examples on the Web

Crews are widening Interstate 94 from Milwaukee to the Illinois state line to accommodate driverless trucks and thousands of employees. Valerie Bauerlein, WSJ, "Foxconn Tore Up a Small Town to Build a Big Factory—Then Retreated," 29 Apr. 2019 Does Crenshaw get widened even more to accommodate the lines of SpaceX drivers trying to get into the tunnel at 5pm? Alissa Walker, Curbed, "We don’t need more dedicated places where cars can go fast," 20 Dec. 2018 Yale officials cancelled classes to accommodate the demonstration. Andrew O'reilly, Fox News, "Hundreds of protesters descend on Capitol Hill amid new Kavanaugh allegations," 24 Sep. 2018 Similarly, SpaceX saved lots of time by designing its space cargo-carrying capsules to accommodate humans from the start. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Stratolaunch Has a New Spaceplane, and It's Designed With Humans in Mind," 21 Aug. 2018 New Overview screen to display recent apps While most people might not notice the status bar tweaks to accommodate the camera cutout, there’s one interface change everyone will recognize: the new Overview screen. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Android 9 Pie is here: What's new, what's awesome, and how to get it now," 6 Aug. 2018 Zinke also helped reduce the size of certain national monuments to accommodate more oil and gas drilling. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Trump will replace Interior Department Secretary next week," 16 Dec. 2018 The home is three levels, which means there will be plenty of room to accommodate staff and guests, if by chance Harry and Meghan ever feel like hosting a little soirée. Dan Barna, Teen Vogue, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Residence in Sydney Revealed," 14 Aug. 2018 Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross tells CNBC that in place of the ban, the company will pay a $1 billion fine and accommodate a new compliance team staffed by U.S. experts. Rebecca Tan, Washington Post, "A timeline of how the U.S.-China trade war led us to this ‘code red’ situation," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of accommodate

1538, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 5

History and Etymology for 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.

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accommodate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of accommodate

: to provide room for (someone) : to provide a place to stay and sleep for (someone)
: to have room for (someone or something)
somewhat formal : to do something helpful for (someone) : to provide what is needed or wanted for (someone or something)

accommodate

verb
ac·​com·​mo·​date | \ ə-ˈkä-mə-ˌdāt How to pronounce accommodate (audio) \
accommodated; accommodating

Kids Definition of accommodate

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.

accommodate

intransitive verb
ac·​com·​mo·​date | \ ə-ˈkäm-ə-ˌdāt How to pronounce accommodate (audio) \
accommodated; accommodating

Medical Definition of accommodate

: to adapt oneself also : to undergo visual accommodation

Other Words from accommodate

accommodative \ -​ˌdāt-​iv How to pronounce accommodative (audio) \ adjective

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accommodate

transitive verb
ac·​com·​mo·​date | \ ə-ˈkä-mə-ˌdāt How to pronounce accommodate (audio) \
accommodated; accommodating

Legal Definition of accommodate

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 sense 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.

Other Words from accommodate

accommodation \ ə-​ˌkä-​mə-​ˈdā-​shən How to pronounce accommodation (audio) \ noun

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