ac·​com·​mo·​da·​tion | \ ə-ˌkä-mə-ˈdā-shən How to pronounce accommodation (audio) \

Definition of accommodation

1 : something supplied for convenience or to satisfy a need: such as
a : lodging, food, and services or traveling space and related services usually used in pluraltourist accommodations on the boatovernight accommodations
b : a public conveyance (such as a train) that stops at all or nearly all points
c : loan
2 : the act of accommodating someone or something : the state of being accommodated: such as
a : the providing of what is needed or desired for convenience changed his schedule for the accommodation of his clients
b : adaptation, adjustment an accommodation to temporary conditions
c : a reconciliation of differences : settlement Negotiators felt that an accommodation with the union was possible.
d : the automatic adjustment of the eye for seeing at different distances effected chiefly by changes in the convexity of the crystalline lens also : the range over which such adjustment is possible

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accommodational \ ə-​ˌkä-​mə-​ˈdā-​shnəl How to pronounce accommodation (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

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Examples of accommodation in a Sentence

They weren't sure if they could provide food and accommodations for the whole group. The accommodations on board the boat are a bit cramped. He hoped to reach an accommodation with the new owners. Negotiators were convinced that accommodation with the union was possible. He changed his schedule as an accommodation to his clients. Changes were made for the accommodation of differing viewpoints.
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Recent Examples on the Web Maine’s industry holds about 40,069 jobs, which are predominantly in accommodation and food services (15,143) and retail trade (10,380), according to the report’s estimates, which are based on the 2012 North American Industry Classification System. Mary Stroka, Washington Examiner, "Maine’s outdoor recreation economy involves 4.7% of state employment," 12 Jan. 2021 In France, while accommodation and catering services were estimated to be 60% lower in November than last year, manufacturing was just 5% below the level of activity recorded before the pandemic hit. Paul Hannon, WSJ, "Businesses Adapt Better to Covid-19 After Lessons Learned From Spring Surge," 27 Dec. 2020 Nationally, health care and social assistance increased 75.1%, durable goods manufacturing rose 80.3% and accommodation and food services that had been among the hardest hit, was up 344.5%. Stephen Singer,, "US: Connecticut’s economy expanded by nearly one-third last summer as business shutdowns eased," 23 Dec. 2020 Tourism includes arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and food services. San Diego Union-Tribune, "COVID-19 has affected a high proportion of Latinas, advocates say," 15 Dec. 2020 For example, from 2000 to 2019, metro Milwaukee added 13,000 jobs in the accommodation and food service workers sector, which includes servers, cooks, and food preparation workers., "By one key measure, household income, metro Milwaukee is worse off than it was in 1980," 30 Oct. 2020 Women are disproportionately represented in industries that have been hit hard by the pandemic, including retail and accommodation and food services. Kathryn Vasel, CNN, "Did someone say free food? Companies are getting creative with WFH perks," 13 Oct. 2020 The leisure and hospitality sector saw the most growth, adding 5,800 jobs, 4,000 of which came from accommodation and food services, the state’s labor department said. Ben Leonard,, "Maryland unemployment rate dips to 6.9% as economy shows slow signs of recovery," 18 Sep. 2020 Unemployment in retail, accommodation and food services has more than doubled in the past year, climbing to 10.8% in July. Shawna Kwan,, "Hong Kong Tycoons, Banks Claimed Millions in Virus Subsidies," 6 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of accommodation

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for accommodation

borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French, borrowed from Latin accommodātiōn-, accommodātiō "act of fitting or adapting, willingness to oblige," from accommodāre "to accommodate" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of action nouns

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The first known use of accommodation was in 1603

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19 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Accommodation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of accommodation

US : a place (such as a room in a hotel) where travelers can sleep and find other services
chiefly British : a place where people can live, stay, or work
: an agreement that allows people, groups, etc., to work together


ac·​com·​mo·​da·​tion | \ ə-ˌkä-mə-ˈdā-shən How to pronounce accommodation (audio) \

Kids Definition of accommodation

1 accommodations plural : a place where travelers can sleep and find other services
2 : something supplied that is useful or handy Campsite accommodations include a fireplace.


ac·​com·​mo·​da·​tion | \ ə-ˌkäm-ə-ˈdā-shən How to pronounce accommodation (audio) \

Medical Definition of accommodation

: an adaptation or adjustment especially of a bodily part (as an organ): as
a : the automatic adjustment of the eye for seeing at different distances effected chiefly by changes in the convexity of the crystalline lens
b : the range over which such adjustment is possible

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