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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for acclimated
  • The birds are all doing well, and give promise of becoming thoroughly acclimated.
  • Getting people acclimated to the idea of letting others use their idle bandwidth is another.
  • The company was in top form and now more acclimated to a huge stage.
  • Becoming acclimated to the heat does not help the body conserve water.
  • As anticipated, he became more aggressive and defensive as the sedative wore off and he acclimated to his new digs.
  • Second, people have a tendency to get acclimated to risk.
  • The point of the first day's ride, it would seem, is to get yourself acclimated.
  • He said that the longer one stays at the destination, the more acclimated the body becomes to the foreign time zone.
  • If outside for more than one hour, heat exhaustion is likely to un-acclimated residents or residents whose water intake is low.
Word Origin and History for acclimated



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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