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 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 How to pronounce accommodational (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Synonyms for accommodation


lodging, lodgment (or lodgement)

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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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Designing a 40-unit apartment building to give free accommodations to firefighters was the initial focus, according to Harris. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Rotarians raise funds to house firefighters fighting cancer," 3 July 2019 Set above the ground, with a 360-degree birds-eye-view of the safari plains, the NAY PALAD Bird Nest offers a luxurious one-of-a-kind accommodation experience. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "Black Travel Vibes: This Luxurious Kenyan Safari Is Anything But Basic," 3 July 2019 The Mississippi River Trail offers cyclists a multi-day tour filled with amazing scenery and bike-friendly accommodations. Sam Silverman,, "The 12 Best Bike Trails of 2019 for Summer Activities," 3 July 2019 Consumer spending, which accounts for more than two-thirds of U.S. economic activity, rose 0.4 percent as households boosted purchases of motor vehicles and spent more at restaurants and on hotel accommodation. Washington Post, "Apple's Mac Pro to be produced in China," 28 June 2019 While the council unanimously backed the land purchase, Keith said unless there are accommodations made to give Huntsville a stronger voice in the school that his support will end. Paul Gattis |,, "Huntsville council head airs concerns over cyber school," 28 June 2019 Last week was not the first time Fabian argued on behalf of the United States that the federal government was not legally required to provide children with sleeping accommodations or hygiene items. Author: Meagan Flynn, Anchorage Daily News, "Department of Justice lawyer defends herself over viral video about providing soap, toothbrushes to migrants," 26 June 2019 Bauma is the biggest thing to happen in Bavaria outside of Oktoberfest, and accommodations can be booked up years in advance, with bare-bones hotel rooms reaching $500 a night. Andrew Curry, WIRED, "One Boy’s Dream Vacation to See Giant Construction Equipment," 26 June 2019 Apparently though, the camp-themed accommodations aren't impressing a lot of Big Brother viewers. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Big Brother' Fans Are Not at All Happy About the House This Year," 25 June 2019

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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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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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