Definition of acclimatize in English:


Syllabification: ac·cli·ma·tize
Pronunciation: /əˈklīməˌtīz


[no object]
  • 1Acclimate: they acclimatized themselves before ascending Everest
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    • Prior to the 1996 Olympic Games, the Belarus team acclimatized themselves to the time zone by training in Roswell, Georgia.
    • The refined aesthete Barry Humphries has acclimatized himself to English society, but the monsters he gestates rampage on his behalf and terrorize the toffs.
    • To inculcate middle-class values and conduct into the rural poor and to acclimatize them to urban life, rules and expectations seems to take about that long once you get serious about it.
  • 1.1 Biology Respond physiologically or behaviorally to changes in a complex of environmental factors. Compare with acclimate.
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    • This guard cell response to CO 2 acclimatizes to the environmental conditions on the transfer of plants between the two environments.
    • B. napus inflorescences were unable to acclimatize to the increased temperatures as seed production was inhibited throughout the HTS periods, regardless of the duration of the stress.
    • Several new studies point to evidence that some organisms with limited capacities to acclimatize to thermal or hydric change may be limited in their ability to survive future climate changes.
  • 1.2 [with object] Botany & Horticulture Harden off (a plant).
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    • Both exotic and indigenous species were acclimatised, and specialised sections, such as rosaries, ferneries, borders, and cactus gardens, developed.
    • Six-week-old plants were acclimatized in the greenhouse.
    • In addition, the potted seedlings were acclimatized to a glasshouse conditions through gradual decrease of the humidity to 80%.



Pronunciation: /əˌklīmətəˈzāSHən/
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  • The second day would be acclimatisation and orientation.
  • Day one would be set aside for reporting at the base camp, and on the second day participants will have a session on acclimatisation and orientation.
  • For the Himalayan expedition, trekkers would have to spend a day for acclimatisation and orientation.


mid 19th century: from French acclimater 'acclimatize' + -ize.

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