accommodate

verb
ac·com·mo·date | \ə-ˈkä-mə-ˌdāt \
accommodated; accommodating

Definition of accommodate 

transitive verb

1 : to provide with something desired, needed, or suited I needed money, and they accommodated me with a loan.

2a : to make room for rebuilt the ship to accommodate the bigger containers

b : to hold without crowding or inconvenience a hotel that can accommodate about 100 people

3 : to bring into agreement or concord : reconcile Investors quickly accommodated themselves to the new market conditions.

4 : to give consideration to : to allow for trying to accommodate the special interests of various groups

5 : to make fit, suitable, or congruous

intransitive verb

: to adapt oneself also : to undergo visual accommodation

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Other Words from accommodate

accommodative \-ˌdā-tiv \ adjective
accommodativeness noun
accommodator \-ˌdā-tər \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for accommodate

Synonyms

favor, oblige

Antonyms

disoblige

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adapt, adjust, accommodate, conform, reconcile mean to bring one thing into correspondence with another. adapt implies a modification according to changing circumstances. adapted themselves to the warmer climate adjust suggests bringing into a close and exact correspondence or harmony such as exists between parts of a mechanism. adjusted the budget to allow for inflation accommodate may suggest yielding or compromising to effect a correspondence. accommodated his political beliefs in order to win conform applies to bringing into accordance with a pattern, example, or principle. refused to conform to society's values reconcile implies the demonstration of the underlying compatibility of things that seem to be incompatible. tried to reconcile what he said with what I knew

contain, hold, accommodate mean to have or be capable of having within. contain implies the actual presence of a specified substance or quantity within something. the can contains a quart of oil hold implies the capacity of containing or the usual or permanent function of containing or keeping. the bookcase will hold all my textbooks accommodate stresses holding without crowding or inconvenience. the hall can accommodate 500 people

Examples of accommodate in a Sentence

Although Lost World was the hottest movie around, we saw it in a chamber of almost laughable minuteness, barely large enough to accommodate nine rows of seats, which were grudgingly padded … — Bill Bryson, I'm a Stranger Here Myself, 1999 … a farmhouse that has been redone to accommodate both good English antiques and luxe 20th-century comforts without sacrificing any of its rough-hewn charm. — Francine Prose, Travel & Leisure, December 1994 The young-adult horror authors tend to be too busy accommodating MTV attention spans to create vivid personalities … — Ken Tucker, New York Times Book Review, 14 Nov. 1993 … political authority depended on tribal leadership, and the scholars had to accommodate themselves to it. — Ernest Gellner, Culture, Identity, and Politics, 1987 Over 600 people can be accommodated on the cruise ship. The ceilings were too low to accommodate his terrific height. They were kind enough to accommodate me with a ride to the train station. I asked them for additional money, and they accommodated me with a loan. He would often change his schedule to accommodate his clients. New facilities are being added to accommodate the special needs of elderly residents. Smart investors quickly accommodated to the new market conditions.
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But the space couldn’t have accommodated public intoxication cases anyway, Lozito said. Jasper Scherer, San Antonio Express-News, "Tour of new intake center renews rift between officials," 11 July 2018 Nimitz Marine Facility in San Diego, Moss Landing Marine Laboratory in Monterey, Pier 54 in San Francisco, and Wharf 5 in Redwood City could all accommodate hydrogen refueling operations, the report said. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "A hydrogen-powered research boat has many advantages over diesel, lab says," 5 July 2018 The extra late-night service will accommodate fans attending a viewing party at Capital One Arena, along with festivities outdoors, along with others out watching the action at parties around the District, Metro said. Faiz Siddiqui, Washington Post, "Metro to remain open an extra hour for Stanley Cup game 5 — an away game," 6 June 2018 The dive cage accommodates four guests and a safety diver, the website says. Kaitlyn Schwers, kansascity, "Soon in the Missouri Ozarks, you can dive with sharks at this aquarium," 1 June 2018 Biologists from both states approved the reopening in a telephone meeting Wednesday, saying a lower run prediction (116,500 upriver springers) announced Monday still accommodates additional sportfishing. Bill Monroe, OregonLive.com, "Spring chinook fishing to reopen on Columbia River," 23 May 2018 If parents want a miniature horse trained as a service animal to accompany a child, the school must accommodate that, a board document said. Ted Slowik, Daily Southtown, "Slowik: Homewood woman gives up miniature horse she claimed helped her to cope with trauma," 9 May 2018 It’s hard to imagine how the grim Handmaid’s Tale could accommodate such a joyous reunion—but before this series ends, perhaps his prayers will be answered. Laura Bradley, HWD, "The Handmaid’s Tale Actor O-T Fagbenle Is Not Here for Your Luke-Bashing," 9 May 2018 Luckily, the estate features three additional updated residences with 16 bedrooms, 14 full and two half baths divided between them, which can more than accommodate your crew while the main house is restored. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Stunning 300-Year-Old Charleston Plantation For Sale on Johns Island," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of accommodate

1538, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 5

History and Etymology for accommodate

borrowed from Latin accommodātus, past participle of accommodāre "to fit on, apply, make agree, make suitable, adapt," from ad- ad- + commodāre "to lend, hire, put at the disposal (of), provide," derivative of commodus "convenient, suitable" — more at commode

Note: In part a latinization of Middle French accommoder; John Palsgrave (Lʼéclaircissement de la langue française, 1530) renders accommodate with accommoder.

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accommodate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of accommodate

: to provide room for (someone) : to provide a place to stay and sleep for (someone)

: to have room for (someone or something)

: to do something helpful for (someone) : to provide what is needed or wanted for (someone or something)

accommodate

verb
ac·com·mo·date | \ə-ˈkä-mə-ˌdāt \
accommodated; accommodating

Kids Definition of accommodate

1 : to provide with a place to stay or sleep accommodate guests

2 : to provide with something needed : help out My teacher will change her schedule to accommodate her students.

3 : to have room for The bus accommodates 40 people.

accommodate

intransitive verb
ac·com·mo·date | \ə-ˈkäm-ə-ˌdāt \
accommodated; accommodating

Medical Definition of accommodate 

: to adapt oneself also : to undergo visual accommodation

Other Words from accommodate

accommodative \-ˌdāt-iv \ adjective

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accommodate

transitive verb
ac·com·mo·date | \ə-ˈkä-mə-ˌdāt \
accommodated; accommodating

Legal Definition of accommodate 

1 : to make a change or provision for accommodate a disability — see also reasonable accommodation

2 : to accept without compensation responsibility for a debt of (another person) in the event of nonpayment as a way of reassuring a reluctant creditor — see also accommodation paper at paper, accommodation party at party sense 1a

Note: To accommodate a debtor effectively, the party must sign the debt instrument, adding words describing limitations or conditions to the accommodation, if any.

Other Words from accommodate

accommodation \ə-ˌkä-mə-ˈdā-shən \ noun

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