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

Other Words from accommodate

accommodative \ ə-​ˈkä-​mə-​ˌdā-​tiv How to pronounce accommodate (audio) \ adjective
accommodativeness noun
accommodator \ ə-​ˈkä-​mə-​ˌdā-​tər How to pronounce accommodate (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. businesses accommodating themselves to the new political reality 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

Common Misspellings

accomadate, accomdate, accomidate, accomodate

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web But as parents adapted to accommodate covid safety measures during the pandemic, those gatherings were replaced instead by smaller, more intentional celebrations, and that seems to have stuck. Caitlin Gibson, Washington Post, 23 Sep. 2022 Once the program is fully established, it is expected to accommodate over 1,000 pilots every year and 2,000 flight hours per day. Colin Lodewick, Fortune, 22 Sep. 2022 The Coos Bay channel will also need to be widened and deepened to accommodate massive modern cargo ships, the largest of which can be 1,300 feet long. oregonlive, 22 Sep. 2022 Briefer is optimistic that the city will be able to accommodate the increasing population and demand for water, but there’s work to be done to ensure that happens. Jacob Scholl, The Salt Lake Tribune, 22 Sep. 2022 Marmion coach Dan Thorpe is willing to accommodate Karner’s schedule. Patrick Z. Mcgavin, Chicago Tribune, 21 Sep. 2022 For his part, McCraven is happy to accommodate Younger’s harp. Bill Beuttler,, 21 Sep. 2022 The city is now required to accommodate 912 units, up from 50 units last decade. Joshua Emerson Smith, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Sep. 2022 Though largely informed by Sailor Moon, MTV, and Takashi Murakami, this universe of Tabita’s own making is elastic enough to accommodate a range of characters, including those who come alive at night. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, 20 Sep. 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for accommodate


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.


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 accommodate (audio) \ adjective


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 accommodate (audio) \ noun

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