Definition of acclimatize in English:

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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).
Example sentences
  • 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: /əˌklīmədəˈzāSHən/ Pronunciation: /əˌklīməˌtīˈzāSHən/
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: ac·cli·ma·tize

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