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verb (used with object), ac·com·mo·dat·ed, ac·com·mo·dat·ing.
  1. to do a kindness or a favor to; oblige: to accommodate a friend by helping him move to a new apartment.
  2. to provide suitably; supply (usually followed by with): The officials were accommodated with seats toward the front of the room.
  3. to lend money to: Can you accommodate him, or are you short of cash?
  4. to provide with a room and sometimes with food.
  5. to furnish with accommodations, as food and lodgings.
  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 or make adjustments or allowances for: to accommodate differences; to accommodate your busy schedule.
verb (used without object), ac·com·mo·dat·ed, ac·com·mo·dat·ing.
  1. to become adjusted or adapted.
  2. 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 formsac·com·mo·da·ble [uh-kom-uh-duh-buhl] /əˈkɒm ə də bəl/, adjectivenon·ac·com·mo·da·ble, adjectivepre·ac·com·mo·date, verb (used with object), pre·ac·com·mo·dat·ed, pre·ac·com·mo·dat·ing.re·ac·com·mo·date, verb, re·ac·com·mo·dat·ed, re·ac·com·mo·dat·ing.un·ac·com·mo·da·ble, adjectiveun·der·ac·com·mo·dat·ed, adjectivewell-ac·com·mo·dat·ed, adjective

Synonyms for accommodate

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1. serve, aid, assist, help, abet. 7. fit, suit. 8. compose, harmonize.

Synonym study

1. See oblige. 6. See contain.

Antonyms for accommodate

1. inconvenience.

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Related Words for accommodate

shelter, welcome, entertain, rent, contain, hold, integrate, adjust, modify, adapt, fit, provide, afford, sustain, help, serve, supply, harbor, house, domicile

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Contemporary Examples of accommodate

  • Oxygen levels will be decreased to accommodate fewer people.

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  • “You can host a sit-down diner for 140, and the house can accommodate 700 people at a party,” Davenport says proudly.

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  • If a fan has a Spanish or Japanese accent, George will switch languages to accommodate them.

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  • She's happy to accommodate vegetarians, vegans, and those intolerant of gluten.

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  • “Basically we wanted to create something that could accommodate up to about 50 terrapins,” says Kidner.

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Historical Examples of accommodate

  • The other room is easily large enough to accommodate two girls.

  • But your eye and your ear will accommodate themselves to both.

  • Will you be so good as to accommodate me, and that by return of post, with ten pounds?

  • "It is small, but it will accommodate us," he said, with a smile.

  • And would it cost you anything to accommodate yourself to his fantasies?

British Dictionary definitions for accommodate


  1. (tr) to supply or provide, esp with lodging or board and lodging
  2. (tr) to oblige or do a favour for
  3. to adjust or become adjusted; adapt
  4. (tr) to bring into harmony; reconcile
  5. (tr) to allow room for; contain
  6. (tr) to lend money to, esp on a temporary basis until a formal loan has been arranged
Derived Formsaccommodative, adjective

Word Origin for accommodate

C16: from Latin accommodāre to make fit, from ad- to + commodus having the proper measure

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

accommodate in Medicine



  1. To become adjusted, as the eye to focusing on objects at a distance.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

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