Definition of accommodating

: willing to please : helpful, obliging a generous and accommodating host

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Other Words from accommodating

accommodatingly \ -​ˌdā-​tiŋ-​lē \ adverb

Examples of accommodating in a Sentence

She seems less accommodating to the demands of her boss than she used to be. an accommodating waiter who readily honored our request to make substitutions in our order

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The task requires accommodating and presenting hundreds of objects in a way that isn’t merely practical and accurate, but also compelling. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation Announces 2018 Visionaries Gala," 19 Sep. 2018 The Obama administration lauded Oman’s contributions to the deal, but some of the sultanate’s neighbors view its policy toward Iran as too accommodating. Jonathan Schanzer And, WSJ, "Oman’s Dangerous Double Game," 10 June 2018 Instead, officials noted headwinds including a pullback in global growth, an economy that has turned a little less accommodating toward borrowing and a slowdown in interest-rate-sensitive sectors such as housing. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "Analysis: Powell Did Not Say His View of Neutral Rates Had Changed," 3 Dec. 2018 The shift threatens the viability of a city long seen as the Persian Gulf region’s most accommodating for a global jet set of bankers, lawyers and entrepreneurs to live and do business. ...and employment is falling in key sectors. Nicolas Parasie, WSJ, "‘White-Collar Recession’ Ripples Through Dubai’s Economy," 14 Nov. 2018 Typically, larger corporations are not as accommodating, so a big thank you to Elizabeth. Claire Perez,, "At Bonefish Grill, summer corn calls for scallops," 13 July 2018 Accessible only on foot and accommodating just two guests at a time, Clavell Tower is one of the smaller landmarks, perfect for a romantic getaway on England’s southern coast. Max Maeckler, Vogue, "You Can Rent a Pineapple Palace on the Airbnb For Historic Homes," 16 Aug. 2018 His government could usher in greater scrutiny of foreign investment and a less accommodating approach to the United States. Katherine Blunt, Houston Chronicle, "Mexican election spells uncertainty for foreign energy investments," 2 July 2018 The security around the barn is more accommodating. John Cherwa,, "Did American Pharoah's 2015 Triple Crown win temper excitement for Justify's upcoming Belmont race?," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of accommodating

1642, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for accommodating

from present participle of accommodate

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The first known use of accommodating was in 1642

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English Language Learners Definition of accommodating

: willing to do what someone else wants or requests


ac·​com·​mo·​dat·​ing | \ ə-ˈkä-mə-ˌdā-tiŋ\

Kids Definition of accommodating

: ready to help He is a very accommodating assistant.

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a complex dispute or argument

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