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 for accommodation

Synonyms

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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Under another partnership, Agoda.com will sell accommodations to users of Meituan’s app. Stella Yifan Xie, WSJ, "After a Comeback and a Name Change, Priceline Bets Big on China," 28 Dec. 2018 Buschcamps are accommodations deep within the national park that give you a true taste of the African bush. Megan Ditrolio, Marie Claire, "Your Ultimate African Safari Guide," 12 Nov. 2018 Now, Republicans and the president have made every accommodation possible. Fox News, "Reps. Meadows, Jordan call on Rosenstein to testify," 27 Sep. 2018 Joan Sloan, Bride board chair, said the organization wanted time to see if any accommodation could be reached with those seeking to protect the building, at 230 Vine St., which is entirely sheathed in mosaics by artist Isaiah Zagar. Stephan Salisbury, Philly.com, "Painted Bride hearing for historical designation now on hold until fall," 13 July 2018 The guess here is that some accommodation will be reached. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Racing! CHRB ready to tackle Golden Gate issue," 12 July 2018 North Shore Lodge and Warm Lake Lodge offer cabin accommodations. Jordan Rodriguez, idahostatesman, "Warm Lake offers chance to beat the heat, catch some fish near Cascade," 9 July 2018 More than a third of those new openings were in two fields typically packed with entry-level positions: accommodation and food service and retail. WSJ, "Unfilled Jobs Grow in Low-Skilled Fields," 10 Dec. 2018 Dude ranches like Bar W and Sylvan Dale take pride in offering a more down-to-earth experience, with bunkhouse accommodations and family-style dining. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "I Ditched My Phone for a Montana Cattle Drive (and Finally Dealt With My Feelings)," 3 Oct. 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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