ac·​com·​mo·​da·​tion | \ə-ˌkä-mə-ˈdā-shən \

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 plural tourist 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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Other Words from accommodation

accommodational \ -​shnəl , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for accommodation


amenity, comfort, convenience, creature comfort, luxury, nicety


burden, millstone, weight

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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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The new rule is a sensible accommodation that should end this unnecessary culture war. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "An Unnecessary Culture War," 9 Nov. 2018 With 31 rooms, ranging from quaint guest room-like accommodations to private standalone cottages, the property is nestled at the foot of Mount Race, and an Appalachian Trail head begins just a few feet from the back porch. Kaitlyn Wylde, Vogue, "What’s So Great About Great Barrington? A Weekend Guide to the Quietly Cool Berkshire Town," 25 Oct. 2018 Sorling had sought multiple accommodations to ease her return to work. Hannah Holzer And Cathie Anderson, sacbee, "EEOC alleges Dignity Health violated disabilities act in firing worker with vision loss," 11 July 2018 Individuals who sign up live in prison-like accommodations, eat scraps, and work as indentured servants for the rest of their lives. Jason Parham, WIRED, "Sorry to Bother You: A Dizzying Satire That Hungers for Truth," 7 July 2018 Vans with beds, conveniently parked near the festival grounds, were the preferred accommodations. Judy Cantor-navas, Billboard, "Clownia: Global Bands Come Together in Catalonia for a Summer Feel-Better Festival," 5 July 2018 Parents who aren’t an easy drive from camp sometimes book themselves into nearby accommodations — and at Rainbow Ridge Farms in Onalaska, there’s a B&B. At all of the camps, there’s time with the animals — a big draw for many of the children. Anne Schamberg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Farming out the kids: Gathering eggs, milking cows, cooking teach about country life," 3 July 2018 Egg-laying hens would be required to have at least 144 square inches of usable floor space by the end of 2019 and be cage-free with accommodations like scratching posts and perches by the end of 2021. Melody Gutierrez,, "Gas taxes, cage-free chickens and a chopped-up California top fall ballot," 3 July 2018 Other island accommodations options include the cottage-style Hotel Les Prateaux, with a coveted location in the Bois de la Chaise, and Le Général d’Elbée, a four-star hotel and Nuxe spa housed inside an 18th-century building in Noirmoutier town. Mary Winston Nicklin, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Small Island Where the Tour de France Begins Is Actually a Vacationer's Paradise," 3 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of accommodation

accommodations : a place (such as a room in a hotel) where travelers can sleep and find other services

: 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 \

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 \

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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