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[uh-kom-uh-dey-shuh n] /əˌkɒm əˈdeɪ ʃən/
the act of accommodating; state or process of being accommodated; adaptation.
adjustment of differences; reconciliation.
Sociology. a process of mutual adaptation between persons or groups, usually achieved by eliminating or reducing hostility, as by compromise or arbitration.
anything that supplies a need, want, favor, convenience, etc.
Usually, accommodations.
  1. lodging.
  2. food and lodging.
  3. a seat, berth, or other facilities for a passenger on a train, plane, etc.
readiness to aid or please others; obligingness.
a loan.
Ophthalmology. the automatic adjustment by which the eye adapts itself to distinct vision at different distances.
Origin of accommodation
1595-1605; < Latin accommodātiōn- (stem of accommodātiō) adjustment. See accommodate, -ion
Related forms
accommodational, adjective
nonaccommodation, noun
preaccommodation, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for accommodations
  • 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.
  • In the end, finding the perfect accommodations means matching your tastes to the hotel's available room inventory.
  • Hermit crabs are always on the lookout for new accommodations.
  • But some bike tourists never can kick their need for proper accommodations.
  • The scene on the stage resembles a rock concert, as did the accommodations in the back.
  • Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants with disabilities.
  • They were always a letdown-awkward seating and sparse accommodations.
British Dictionary definitions for accommodations


lodging or board and lodging
adjustment, as of differences or to new circumstances; adaptation, settlement, or reconciliation
something fulfilling a need, want, etc; convenience or facility
(physiol) the automatic or voluntary adjustment of the shape of the lens of the eye for far or near vision
willingness to help or oblige
(commerce) a loan, usually made as an act of favour by a bank before formal credit arrangements are agreed
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Word Origin and History for accommodations

"lodgings and entertainment," see accommodation.



"room and provisions, lodging," c.1600, now usually plural (accommodations) and chiefly U.S.; from French accommodation, from Latin accommodationem (nominative accommodatio), noun of action from past participle stem of accommodare (see accommodate). Meaning "appliance, anything which affords aid" is from 1610s; that of "act of accommodating" is from 1640s.

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accommodations in Medicine

accommodation ac·com·mo·da·tion (ə-kŏm'ə-dā'shən)

  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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accommodations in Science
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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