accommodate

verb
ac·​com·​mo·​date | \ ə-ˈkä-mə-ˌdāt \
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 \ adjective
accommodativeness noun
accommodator \ -​ˌdā-​tər \ 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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The silver and black versions have a 43-mm diameter and accommodate a 20-mm band. David Lazarus, The Seattle Times, "8 great smartwatch picks (that aren’t Apple)," 7 Jan. 2019 The medical community clearly has a long way to go in order to truly begin to meet the needs of gender diverse patients, and there are many ways that health care could better treat and accommodate transgender and gender-nonconforming people. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "What Trying to Access Health Care is Like for Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming People," 24 Oct. 2018 Prices: Costs at Furin start at $3 for miso soup and go all the way up to $50 for a plate comprised of eight pieces of sushi, 14 pieces of sashimi and tuna maki that's served on wooden boat and easily accommodates two people. Michelle L. Quinn, Post-Tribune, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs and NWI: Furin Japanese Restaurant and Bar in Valparaiso," 10 July 2018 While independent restaurants scramble for solutions, chain restaurants are finding the business climate in San Francisco accommodating enough for expansion. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "SF restaurants struggle for balance in prices, service as wage hike arrives," 29 June 2018 Goals include improving safety, accommodating various types and sizes of watercraft, removing silt from the launch, shoring up or replacing the bulkhead and providing accessibility for the disabled. Houston Chronicle Staff, Houston Chronicle, "League City to hold public meeting Thursday on boat ramp improvements," 27 June 2018 It's equipped with a full kitchen, living room, and bathroom and can accommodate up to six people. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Spend A Night At The 'Christmas Story' House To Get Into The Holiday Spirit," 14 Dec. 2018 About 12 by 24 feet—essentially the size of a spacious master bedroom—the structures feature double French doors and can accommodate a wheelchair and hospital equipment, if needed. Christine Coppa, Country Living, "'Granny Pods' Allow Elderly Family Members to Live in a High-Tech Backyard Cottage," 13 Dec. 2018 The 13-inch MacBook Pro can accommodate up to 8th-generation, quad-core Core i7 CPUs, Intel Iris Plus 655 graphics, 16GB of RAM, and 2TB of SSD storage. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Apple to stop selling 2015 MacBook Pro with old-style keyboard, legacy ports," 12 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 \
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 \
accommodated; accommodating

Medical Definition of accommodate

: to adapt oneself also : to undergo visual accommodation

Other Words from accommodate

accommodative \ -​ˌdāt-​iv \ adjective

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accommodate

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

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