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[ak-luh-meyt, uh-klahy-mit] /ˈæk ləˌmeɪt, əˈklaɪ mɪt/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), acclimated, acclimating.
to accustom or become accustomed to a new climate or environment; adapt.
Origin of acclimate
1785-95; < French acclimater. See ac-, climate
Related forms
[uh-klahy-mi-tuh-buh l] /əˈklaɪ mɪ tə bəl/ (Show IPA),
[ak-luh-mey-shuh n] /ˌæk ləˈmeɪ ʃən/ (Show IPA),
reacclimate, verb, reacclimated, reacclimating.
unacclimated, adjective
Can be confused
acclamation, acclimation. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for acclimate
  • It does take a while for foreign students to acclimate.
  • To acclimate to the big chill ahead, they rode exercise bikes in a friend's walk-in freezer.
  • He notes that by giving the traveling team a rest day to acclimate to the new time zone a three-hour advantage can be cut to two.
  • Eventually, the idea goes, you'll acclimate to each others' patterns of interaction.
  • First, you have time to acclimate to the sea before being thrown into deck and lab work.
  • For the next month, the team made forays up the mountain to acclimate.
  • Most airlines sell or rent air kennels for nominal cost, but they should be obtained early so owners can acclimate their pets.
  • Web sites on barefoot running recommend starting slowly to acclimate your feet, and they are right.
  • The optional pre-stay allows guests to rest, acclimate, and explore independently before their journey begins.
  • Allow yourself some time to acclimate to your new situation.
British Dictionary definitions for acclimate


to adapt or become accustomed to a new climate or environment
Derived Forms
acclimatizable, acclimatisable, acclimatable, adjective
acclimatization, acclimatisation, acclimation, noun
acclimatizer, acclimatiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for acclimate

1792, from French acclimater, verb formed from à "to" (see ad-) + climat (see climate). Related: Acclimated; acclimating. The extended form acclimatize is now more common.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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