Definition of acclimate in English:

acclimate

Syllabification: ac·cli·mate
Pronunciation: /ˈakləˌmāt
 
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verb

[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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

acclimation

Pronunciation: /ˌakləˈmāSHən/
noun
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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.

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