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accommodate

[uh-kom-uh-deyt] /əˈkɒm əˌdeɪt/
verb (used with object), accommodated, accommodating.
1.
to do a kindness or a favor to; oblige; to accommodate a friend.
2.
to provide suitably; supply (usually followed by with):
to accommodate a friend with money.
3.
to lend money to:
Can you accommodate him?
4.
to provide with a room and sometimes with food.
5.
to furnish with accommodations.
6.
to have or make room for:
Will this elevator accommodate 10 people?
7.
to make suitable or consistent; adapt:
to accommodate oneself to circumstances.
8.
to bring into harmony; adjust; reconcile:
to accommodate differences.
verb (used without object), accommodated, accommodating.
9.
to become adjusted or adapted.
10.
to become reconciled; agree.
Origin
1515-1525
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
accommodable
[uh-kom-uh-duh-buh l] /əˈkɒm ə də bəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
nonaccommodable, adjective
nonaccommodably, adverb
preaccommodate, verb (used with object), preaccommodated, preaccommodating.
reaccommodate, verb, reaccommodated, reaccommodating.
unaccommodable, adjective
underaccommodated, adjective
well-accommodated, adjective
Synonyms
1. serve, aid, assist, help, abet. See oblige. 6. See contain. 7. fit, suit. 8. compose, harmonize.
Antonyms
1. inconvenience.
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Examples for accommodate
  • 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

accommodate

/əˈkɒməˌdeɪt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to supply or provide, esp with lodging or board and lodging
2.
(transitive) to oblige or do a favour for
3.
to adjust or become adjusted; adapt
4.
(transitive) to bring into harmony; reconcile
5.
(transitive) to allow room for; contain
6.
(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
v.

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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