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 How to pronounce accommodatingly (audio) \ 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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Interest rate increases are meant to make the financial system a little less accommodating toward borrowing, spending and growth, to prevent the economy from overheating. Gregory Zuckerman, WSJ, "Federal Reserve Not Likely Swayed by Recent Stock Market Declines," 20 Nov. 2018 Italy’s dual and dueling leaders, Matteo Salvini and Luigi Di Maio, believe Mrs. Merkel still will ultimately be more accommodating than previous Italian governments have assumed. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, "Italy Issues a Euro Dare to Germany," 11 Oct. 2018 Unfortunately two other big factors for stock markets—global trade growth and China—are unlikely to be as accommodating. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "What the Fed Giveth, China Taketh Away," 31 Jan. 2019 Frankenthaler’s family of Jewish intellectuals—her father was a New York State Supreme Court judge—was more accommodating of a talented daughter. Ann Landi, WSJ, "‘Ninth Street Women’ Review: Expressing Themselves," 20 Sep. 2018 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

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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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to take the place or position of

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