accommodation

noun
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

Synonyms

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

Antonyms

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 study looked at wage and productivity differences among men and women working in several of Denmark’s private-sector industries, including accommodation and food service, construction, manufacturing, social services and real estate. Eric Morath, WSJ, "Mothers in Denmark Are Less Productive at Work, Study Finds, Partially Explaining Gender-Wage Gap," 10 July 2018 The Alliance Defending Freedom, the conservative legal group that argued the Masterpiece case, is currently litigating cases where free speech, religious freedom and public accommodation laws collide. New York Times, "Why the Supreme Court Opening Could Affect Gay Marriage as Well as Abortion," 3 July 2018 The Alliance Defending Freedom, the conservative legal group that argued the Masterpiece case, is currently litigating cases where free speech, religious freedom and public accommodation laws collide. BostonGlobe.com, "Supreme Court opening could affect same-sex marriage as much as abortion," 3 July 2018 Local governments, especially in cities like Madrid or Barcelona, offer them limited accommodation and assistance, relying frequently on charities. Aritz Parra, Fox News, "Spain feels the heat as migrants shift route into Europe," 29 June 2018 The award came with no money, and WIRED paid for my travel and accommodations. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "The Troubled End of an Ethically Compromised Booze Study," 25 June 2018 Supporters have cut corners wherever possible to save on travel and accommodation, but some will still end up paying more than a year's wages to attend all three group games. SI.com, "Peru's World Cup Journey: Part 3 - Incas Seek Sochi Salvation After the Dream Ends Early," 25 June 2018 The Labor Department said its Consumer Price Index increased 0.5 percent last month as households paid more for gasoline, rental accommodation and healthcare. Jordan Blum, Rye Druzin, Houston Chronicle, "June dip in fuel prices coming to an end," 25 June 2018 Some overnight accommodations and businesses are still undergoing repairs before reopening, but plenty of restaurants and shops will keep you busy on a day trip to play on the sandy beaches. San Antonio Express-News, "Your best bets for attractions all around Texas," 12 June 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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accommodation

noun

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

accommodation

noun
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.

accommodation

noun
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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