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[uh-klahy-muh-tahyz] /əˈklaɪ məˌtaɪz/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), acclimatized, acclimatizing.
to acclimate.
Also, especially British, acclimatise.
Origin of acclimatize
1830-40; acclimate + -ize
Related forms
acclimatizable, adjective
acclimatization, noun
reacclimatization, noun
reacclimatize, verb, reacclimatized, reacclimatizing.
unacclimatized, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for acclimatize
  • Some workers require up to two or three weeks to fully acclimatize.
  • acclimatize new and returning workers performing strenuous work.
  • acclimatize, or gradually introduce, employees to hot environments.
  • When you first arrive acclimatize yourself for a period of time prior to beginning strenuous activities.
  • While mild symptoms are more a nuisance than a health threat, they are a definite warning to acclimatize.
British Dictionary definitions for acclimatize


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 acclimatize

1836; see acclimate + -ize; a more recent formation than acclimate and replacing it in many uses. Related: Acclimatized; acclimatizing.

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