accommodation

[uh-kom-uh-dey-shuhn]
noun
1.
the act of accommodating; state or process of being accommodated; adaptation.
2.
adjustment of differences; reconciliation.
3.
Sociology. a process of mutual adaptation between persons or groups, usually achieved by eliminating or reducing hostility, as by compromise or arbitration.
4.
anything that supplies a need, want, favor, convenience, etc.
5.
Usually, accommodations.
b.
food and lodging.
c.
a seat, berth, or other facilities for a passenger on a train, plane, etc.
6.
readiness to aid or please others; obligingness.
7.
a loan.
8.
Ophthalmology. the automatic adjustment by which the eye adapts itself to distinct vision at different distances.

Origin:
1595–1605; < Latin accommodātiōn- (stem of accommodātiō) adjustment. See accommodate, -ion

accommodational, adjective
nonaccommodation, noun
preaccommodation, noun
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accommodation (əˌkɒməˈdeɪʃən)
 
n
1.  lodging or board and lodging
2.  adjustment, as of differences or to new circumstances; adaptation, settlement, or reconciliation
3.  something fulfilling a need, want, etc; convenience or facility
4.  physiol the automatic or voluntary adjustment of the shape of the lens of the eye for far or near vision
5.  willingness to help or oblige
6.  commerce a loan, usually made as an act of favour by a bank before formal credit arrangements are agreed

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accommodation
"room and provisions, lodging," c.1600, now usually pl. (accommodations) and chiefly U.S.; from Fr. accommodation, from L. accommodationem (nom. accommodatio), noun of action from accommodare (see accommodate). Meaning "appliance, anything which affords aid" is from
1610s; that of "act of accommodating" is from 1640s.
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accommodation ac·com·mo·da·tion (ə-kŏm'ə-dā'shən)
n.

  1. The act or state of adjustment or adaptation.

  2. The automatic adjustment in the focal length of the lens of the eye to permit retinal focus of images of objects at varying distances.

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accommodation   (ə-kŏm'ə-dā'shən)  Pronunciation Key 
The adjustment in the focal length of the lens of the eye. Accommodation permits images at different distances to be focused on the retina.
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Example sentences
The police sent buses to the edge of the neighborhood to evacuate residents to temporary accommodations.
There is a dearth of accommodations in this city for poor people suffering from
  consumption and from incurable diseases.
Attendees are responsible for their own hotel accommodations.
Perhaps the incessant trend towards worse and less-comfortable airline
  accommodations is to blame.
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