ac·​com·​mo·​da·​tion | \ ə-ˌkä-mə-ˈdā-shən How to pronounce accommodation (audio) \

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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accommodational \ ə-​ˌkä-​mə-​ˈdā-​shnəl How to pronounce accommodation (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

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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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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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The first known use of accommodation was in 1603

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“Accommodation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of accommodation

: 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


ac·​com·​mo·​da·​tion | \ ə-ˌkä-mə-ˈdā-shən How to pronounce accommodation (audio) \

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.


ac·​com·​mo·​da·​tion | \ ə-ˌkäm-ə-ˈdā-shən How to pronounce accommodation (audio) \

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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