Definition of acclimate in English:


Syllabification: ac·cli·mate
Pronunciation: /ˈakləˌmāt, əˈklīmit


[no object] (usually be acclimated) chiefly North American
  • 1Become accustomed to a new climate or to new conditions: it will take a few days to get acclimated to the altitude
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    • With O'Bannon's help, he grows more accustomed and acclimated to the West, as Roy learns from Chon in the buddy picture tradition.
    • New Zealand-bred Bocelli, who will represent Singapore in the Hong Kong Cup on December 16 is getting acclimated to the Sha Tin racecourse.
    • Dana struggles valiantly for her survival upon her several returns to the past, but near the novel's end, she wonders whether or not she is becoming acclimated to submissiveness.
  • 1.1 Biology Respond physiologically or behaviorally to a change in a single environmental factor: trees may acclimate to high CO2 levels by reducing the number of stomata Compare with acclimatize.
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    • Nevertheless, we hypothesize that that these mice do not physiologically acclimate to chronic heat exposure and instead, respond to heat stress behaviorally or by selecting favorable microclimates.
    • The capacity of an animal to acclimate to changes in environmental factors such as temperature may have potentially significant fitness consequences.
    • These factors allow the organism to propagate and acclimate to the host's internal environment.
  • 1.2 [with object] Botany & Horticulture Harden off (a plant).
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    • If you've gardened for more than a season or two you have almost certainly run into this concept, and learned that it is a straightforward process that gradually acclimates the seedling to life in the great outdoors.



Pronunciation: /ˌakləˈmāSHən/
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  • As a consequence, they are forced to cope with their direct environment and have evolved acclimations and adaptations to counteract the long- and short-term stresses they are exposed to.
  • Several studies have reported respiratory acclimation or adaptation to changes in temperature, and some back to pre-treatment levels.
  • This response is reflected in the actual acclimation and thus the adjustment of processes or structures on time-scales less than one generation.


late 18th century: from French acclimater, from a- (from Latin ad 'to, at') + climat 'climate'.

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