Definition of accommodate
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>
4 : to give consideration to : to allow for <trying to accommodate the special interests of various groups>
5 : to make fit, suitable, or congruous
: to adapt oneself; also : to undergo visual accommodation
accommodativeplay \-ˌdā-tiv\ adjective
accommodatorplay \-ˌdā-tər\ noun
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.
Origin and Etymology of accommodate
Latin accommodatus, past participle of accommodare, from ad- + commodare to make fit, from commodus suitable — more at commode
First Known Use: 1538
Synonym Discussion of accommodate
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>.
ACCOMMODATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of accommodate for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of accommodate for Students
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.>
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 1a
accommodation\ə-ˌkä-mə-ˈdā-shən\ play noun
Additional Notes on accommodate
To accommodate a debtor effectively, the party must sign the debt instrument, adding words describing limitations or conditions to the accommodation, if any.
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up accommodate? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).