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 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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In iOS, go to settings, accessibility, display accommodations, color filters, and then select grayscale. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "How to detox from your smartphone with these apps and gadgets," 29 Nov. 2018 Another way to think about Twitter isn’t as a media entity at all but as a type of public-private accommodation, like a shopping mall. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Trump keeps complaining about bias on Twitter — but what can he do about it? 8 experts weigh in.," 23 Aug. 2018 The deal includes accommodations, high-speed Wi-Fi and free parking (a $7 value) plus a $25-per-stay credit at Dave & Buster’s (with free shuttle transportation to and from). Alison Darosa,, "June travel deals: Arizona dude ranch, Eurostar sale," 30 May 2018 And with such basic accommodations, tensions are inevitable. Anna Diamond, Smithsonian, "Fifty Years Later, Remembering Resurrection City and the Poor People’s Campaign of 1968," 17 Apr. 2018 As for accommodations, the Cedar House Sport Hotel is a decidedly modern take on the rustic mountain lodge (from $180 a night, Elisabeth Vincentelli, WSJ, "The Coolest, Under-the-Radar Ski Towns in the American West," 15 Nov. 2018 Plans include hundred-bed accommodations, but the smaller ones, like those from Nomad and Asilia, suggest a more careful way forward. Andrew Sessa, Condé Nast Traveler, "Ruaha: The African National Park You'll Have Almost All to Yourself," 11 Oct. 2018 That steep rate gets them not only high-end accommodations, but also access private butler, a chef, and access to a private garden. Emma Sarran Webster, Teen Vogue, "Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber Spend Vacation in Private Italian Villa," 22 Sep. 2018 This About Fiji package includes round-trip flights on Fiji Airways, four-star resort accommodation, daily breakfast, use of water sports equipment, guided tours and more. USA TODAY, "Deal watch: Seven nights in Fiji and Samoa for $2,349," 12 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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