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[uh-kom-uh-deyt] /əˈkɒm əˌdeɪt/
verb (used with object), accommodated, accommodating.
to do a kindness or a favor to; oblige; to accommodate a friend.
to provide suitably; supply (usually followed by with):
to accommodate a friend with money.
to lend money to:
Can you accommodate him?
to provide with a room and sometimes with food.
to furnish with accommodations, as food and lodgings.
to have or make room for:
Will this elevator accommodate 10 people?
to make suitable or consistent; adapt:
to accommodate oneself to circumstances.
to bring into harmony; adjust; reconcile:
to accommodate differences.
verb (used without object), accommodated, accommodating.
to become adjusted or adapted.
to become reconciled; agree.
Origin of accommodate
1515-25; < Latin accommodātus adjusted (past participle of accommodāre), equivalent to ac- ac- + commod(us) fitting, suitable (com- com- + modus measure, manner) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
[uh-kom-uh-duh-buh l] /əˈkɒm ə də bəl/ (Show IPA),
nonaccommodable, adjective
preaccommodate, verb (used with object), preaccommodated, preaccommodating.
reaccommodate, verb, reaccommodated, reaccommodating.
unaccommodable, adjective
underaccommodated, adjective
well-accommodated, adjective
1. serve, aid, assist, help, abet. See oblige. 6. See contain. 7. fit, suit. 8. compose, harmonize.
1. inconvenience. Unabridged
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  • The technique also requires room around the fish's head to accommodate the space generated when it expands its mouth cavity.
  • To accommodate this trend, unions are leaving room in collective agreements for company-level pacts.
  • Nowadays, a typical hotel room can accommodate a maximum of four to five people.
  • Mammalian evolution could not proceed further, because there wasn't enough room in the skull to accommodate more brain tissue.
  • To accommodate this migrant, the bones of the flatfish head twist and turn to make room.
  • The university continuously changes to accommodate today's needs, while still respecting the traditions and spirit of Auburn.
  • It is equipped to accommodate 1200 persons.
  • Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven or roasting pan large enough to accommodate rolled steak.
  • These buildings consist of flats and townhomes with floor plans that can accommodate two to eight beds per unit.
  • We will be running mutiple groups to accommodate all new members.
British Dictionary definitions for accommodate


(transitive) to supply or provide, esp with lodging or board and lodging
(transitive) to oblige or do a favour for
to adjust or become adjusted; adapt
(transitive) to bring into harmony; reconcile
(transitive) to allow room for; contain
(transitive) to lend money to, esp on a temporary basis until a formal loan has been arranged
Derived Forms
accommodative, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin accommodāre to make fit, from ad- to + commodus having the proper measure
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Word Origin and History for accommodate

1530s, from Latin accomodatus "suitable," past participle of accomodare "make fit, adapt, fit one thing to another," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + commodare "make fit," from commodus "fit" (see commode). Related: Accommodated; accommodating.

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accommodate in Medicine

accommodate ac·com·mo·date (ə-kŏm'ə-dāt')
v. ac·com·mo·dat·ed, ac·com·mo·dat·ing, ac·com·mo·dates
To become adjusted, as the eye to focusing on objects at a distance.

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