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accommodate

Syllabification: ac·com·mo·date
Pronunciation: /əˈkäməˌdāt
 
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Definition of accommodate in English:

verb

[with object]
1(Of physical space, especially a building) provide lodging or sufficient space for: the cabins accommodate up to 6 people
More example sentences
  • Scattered across 180 acres of tranquil hills, valleys and brooks are cottages and rooms accommodating guests of all categories and tastes.
  • This room is at the heart of the property; a recessed area accommodates an oil-fired Rayburn range while there is a cut slate floor and work surface.
  • This area also accommodates a small guest toilet and the stairs to the first floor.
Synonyms
lodge, house, put up, billet, quarter, board, take in, shelter, give someone a roof over their head;
hold, take, have room for
2Fit in with the wishes or needs of: any language must accommodate new concepts
More example sentences
  • The new regime has no time for the tiresome (if unselfish) business of accommodating the wishes of other festivals.
  • It is difficult to accommodate the wishes of all in the community but we do try to get it right as far as we possibly can.
  • Because of Johnson's strong family ties, the Falcons have gone the extra mile in accommodating his wish to spend the majority of the offseason with his wife and two children.
Synonyms
help, assist, aid, oblige;
meet the needs/wants of, satisfy
2.1 [no object] (accommodate to) Adapt to: making consumers accommodate to the realities of today’s marketplace
More example sentences
  • Empires generally expect neighboring states and dependencies to accept their power and accommodate to it.
  • Kissinger assumed a key role in state decision-making during the 1970s and attempted to take the USA in a realist direction of accommodating to its declining power by non-ideological calculations.
  • He noted, ‘Neighbourhoods flourish by accommodating to change, not by saying no to it.’
Synonyms
adjust to, adapt to, accustom oneself to, habituate oneself to, acclimatize (oneself) to, acclimate (oneself) to, acculturate to, get (oneself) accustomed to, get used to, come to terms with

Origin

mid 16th century: from Latin accommodat- 'made fitting', from the verb accommodare, from ad- 'to' + commodus 'fitting'.

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  • The source of accommodate is Latin accommodare ‘make fitting, fit one thing to another’, formed from commodus ‘fit’. It came into English with the basic Latin sense, and through the idea of finding something that fitted someone's needs, had developed the sense of ‘provide lodgings for’ by the early 18th century. Latin commodus is also the base of commode (mid 18th century) something ‘fit, convenient’, and originally used of a chest of drawers before becoming a seat containing a chamber pot in the early 19th century and of commodity (Late Middle English) originally something useful.

Derivatives

accommodative

1
Pronunciation: /-ˌdātiv/
adjective
Example sentences
  • Their accommodative nature is now fuelling inflation levels.
  • ‘The stance of monetary policy remains accommodative and conditions in financial markets appear supportive of an increased pace of activity,’ he said.
  • I know I have to be very natural and accommodative and appeal to the interviewee as a commoner and not a film star’.

Words that rhyme with accommodate

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