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[ak-luh-meyt, uh-klahy-mit] /ˈæk ləˌmeɪt, əˈklaɪ mɪt/
verb (used with or 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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It may take a year or two to acclimate them to this more equable and more refreshing temperature.

    Our Italy Charles Dudley Warner
  • A variation of it was given you to acclimate you to Earth's gravity and atmosphere.

    Star Performer Robert J. Shea
  • They had learned to appreciate their skill in the arts, and resolved to acclimate those arts at home.

  • Persistent efforts have been made to acclimate both Heather and Gorse in America.

    Old-Time Gardens Alice Morse Earle
  • Well, Sir, these races dying out, the white man has to acclimate himself.

    The Professor at the Breakfast Table Oliver Wendell Holmes (Sr.)
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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