accommodate

verb
ac·​com·​mo·​date | \ ə-ˈkä-mə-ˌdāt How to pronounce accommodate (audio) \
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 How to pronounce accommodative (audio) \ adjective
accommodativeness noun
accommodator \ -​ˌdā-​tər How to pronounce accommodator (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for accommodate

Synonyms

fit, hold, take

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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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This area could easily be enclosed to serve as an in-law apartment or accommodate an au pair. courant.com, "Property of the Week: 194 Woodpond Road, West Hartford," 16 Aug. 2019 Along with Koepka, stars like Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas have taken on the issue of slow play, ignoring PGA Tour etiquette that has traditionally silenced complaints and accommodated the offenders. Karen Crouse, New York Times, "Golf’s New Breed Tries to Speed Things Up," 15 Aug. 2019 The new 2,700-square-foot collection center at 1400 La Concha Lane doubles the number of donors and patients that can be accommodated and aims. Tracy Maness, Houston Chronicle, "Cellular Life Solutions expands, helps those fighting for their lives," 15 Aug. 2019 Completed in May, the $15.2 million project, which replaced a bridge built in 1940, accommodates a trail undercrossing and replaced the drainage culvert that feeds to the Sweetwater River. David Hernandez, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Supervisor Greg Cox highlights projects in southern San Diego County," 14 Aug. 2019 Instead, remodeling to refresh stores or accommodate new online operations was the big focus in the race for a slice of the $17 billion-plus grocery business in North Texas. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Walmart and Central Market post big gains while Whole Foods’ market share drops," 11 Aug. 2019 The book, part memoir, part fiction, is a guide to the Ides of 50, a stage of life when kids depart (along with most of the local estrogen), marriages teeter and normally accommodating women stop being so accommodating. Susanna Schrobsdorff, Time, "'Is 55 Too Old to Go on Tinder?' What Dating Looks Like for the Middle-Aged," 6 Aug. 2019 However, the City also has the responsibility to zone adequate sites to accommodate housing needs and to ensure that new housing development opportunities are available to meet the housing needs of all members of the community. Thy Vo, The Mercury News, "State threatens to sue Cupertino over housing policy," 6 Aug. 2019 The Dead Sea Transform fault, which runs underneath the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea and accommodates the grinding motion between the Arabian and African tectonic plates, has been responsible for far larger earthquakes. Michael Price, Science | AAAS, "Sea of Galilee earthquakes triggered by excessive water pumping," 26 July 2019

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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)
somewhat formal : 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 How to pronounce accommodate (audio) \
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 How to pronounce accommodate (audio) \
accommodated; accommodating

Medical Definition of accommodate

: to adapt oneself also : to undergo visual accommodation

Other Words from accommodate

accommodative \ -​ˌdāt-​iv How to pronounce accommodative (audio) \ adjective

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accommodate

transitive verb
ac·​com·​mo·​date | \ ə-ˈkä-mə-ˌdāt How to pronounce accommodate (audio) \
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 How to pronounce accommodation (audio) \ noun

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