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

Synonyms for accommodate

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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 At the elementary level, there will also be more flexibility offered to working parents and their students, with optional evening classes to accommodate their schedule. Lois K. Solomon, sun-sentinel.com, "Ask Lois: When can disabled students return to school?," 4 Aug. 2020 Even drive-through distributions had to be built upon to better accommodate everyone who was seeking assistance. Lyndsay Winkley, San Diego Union-Tribune, "County funnels nearly $19 million into food programs as hunger skyrockets," 4 Aug. 2020 The no-bid contracts, the most recent of which was approved last week by a Council Council committee, are for work modifying county buildings to better accommodate social distancing and other measures decided to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland, "Questions raised about another contract sought by Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish’s administration, this time about a possible conflict," 3 Aug. 2020 The Morels recently bought a second 2,400-square-foot space in the same industrial strip as their bakery to better accommodate their shipping operations. Dan Greene, Star Tribune, "A cookie bakery tailor-made for COVID times," 2 Aug. 2020 School districts have been debating how to accommodate educational needs and safety in a nation with more than 4.5 million coronavirus cases and 153,314 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "Coronavirus safety plans already put to the test as some communities start the school year," 1 Aug. 2020 This feels much more personal, but means appointments are further apart to accommodate time, which explains extra-long waiting lists. Jacqueline Kilikita, refinery29.com, "I Had My First Post-Lockdown Haircut — Here’s Everything You Need To Know," 14 July 2020 The road is too narrow, steep, and winding to safely accommodate cut-through traffic. oregonlive, "Portland metro Monday traffic: NW Cornelius Pass Road closed for months of road construction," 13 July 2020 To keep the room cozy, Carson layered in wool rugs and textural throws and pillows on the furniture, which is arranged in two sections to better accommodate multiple guests. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "This Family Getaway by M. Elle Design Is Like a Dream Summer Camp," 8 July 2020

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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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The first known use of accommodate was in 1538

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Cite this Entry

“Accommodate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/accommodate. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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accommodate

verb
How to pronounce accommodate (audio)

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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