Definition of accommodate
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 containersb : to hold without crowding or inconvenience a hotel that can accommodate about 100 people
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
accommodativeplay \-ˌdā-tiv\ adjective
accommodatorplay \-ˌdā-tər\ noun
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.
Recent Examples of accommodate from the Web
July 5: The Exceptionals (a concert to accommodate children with sensory differences).
One reason for the rapid acceleration is that utilities and regulators — often with technical assistance from environmental groups — are learning how to devise rates and transaction structures to accommodate the energy purchases.
The spelling bee, the people who are running it, are very sensitive to special needs all across the spectrum and this request was hastily accommodated.
ALDOT said improvements were made to the 22nd Street ramps prior to May 31 to accommodate the heavy traffic flow.
Already struggling to accommodate earlier refugees, Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan have mostly closed their borders.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial leadership accommodated much of the criticism.
The original venue was in the middle of the Viejas Outlets center and could accommodate 1,168 people for seated concerts and just under 1,500 for general admission.
At a round table in a former monastery, six leaders argued with Trump on trade and climate change, with Macron particularly adamant that there could be no diluting of the Paris Agreement to accommodate the Americans.
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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 ◆In part a latinization of Middle French accommoder; John Palsgrave (L'éclaircissement de la langue française, 1530) renders accommodate with accommoder.
First Known Use: 1538See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of accommodate
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
Definition of accommodate for Students
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.
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 1a
accommodation\ə-ˌkä-mə-ˈdā-shən\ play noun
Additional Notes on accommodate
To accommodate a debtor effectively, the party must sign the debt instrument, adding words describing limitations or conditions to the accommodation, if any.
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