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1530s, from Latin accommodātus, perfect passive participle of accommodō; ad + commodō (make fit, help); com- + modus (measure, proportion) (English mode).


  • (UK) IPA(key): /əˈkɒməˌdeɪt/, [əˈkʰɒməˌdeɪt]
  • (US) IPA(key): /əˈkɑməˌdeɪt/, [əˈkʰɑməˌdeɪt]
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accommodate (third-person singular simple present accommodates, present participle accommodating, simple past and past participle accommodated)

  1. (transitive, often reflexive) To render fit, suitable, or correspondent; to adapt.
    Synonyms: adapt, conform, adjust, arrange, suit
    to accommodate ourselves to circumstances
    • 1712 June 29 (Gregorian calendar), Joseph Addison, Richard Steele [et al.], “WEDNESDAY, June 18, 1712”, in The Spectator, number 475; republished in Alexander Chalmers, editor, The Spectator; a New Edition, [], New York, N.Y.: D[aniel] Appleton & Company, 1853, →OCLC, page 15:
      IT is an old Obſervation, which has been made of Politicians who would rather ingratiate themſelves with their Sovereign, than promote his real Service, that they accommodate their Counſels to his Inclinations, and adviſe him to ſuch Actions only as his Heart is naturally ſet upon.
  2. (transitive) To cause to come to agreement; to bring about harmony; to reconcile.
    Synonym: reconcile
    to accommodate differences
  3. (transitive) To provide housing for.
    to accommodate an old friend for a week
  4. To provide sufficient space for
    • 2020 December 2, Paul Bigland, “My weirdest and wackiest Rover yet”, in Rail, pages 67–68:
      My next stop is Oxford, which has also grown with the addition of new platforms to accommodate the Chiltern Railways service to London via Bicester - although, short sightedly, the planned electrification from Paddington was canned.
  5. (transitive) To provide with something desired, needed, or convenient.
    to accommodate a friend with a loan
  6. (transitive) To do a favor or service for; to oblige.
    Synonym: oblige
  7. (transitive) To show the correspondence of; to apply or make suit by analogy; to adapt or fit, as teachings to accidental circumstances, statements to facts, etc.
    to accommodate prophecy to events
  8. (transitive) To give consideration to; to allow for.
  9. (transitive) To contain comfortably; to have space for.
    This venue accommodates three hundred people.
  10. (intransitive, rare) To adapt oneself; to be conformable or adapted; become adjusted.
  11. (intransitive, of an eye) To change focal length in order to focus at a different distance.


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accommodate (comparative more accommodate, superlative most accommodate)

  1. (obsolete) Suitable; fit; adapted; as, means accommodate to end.
    • a. 1671, John Tillotson, Sermons Preach’d Upon Several Occaſions, London: A.M., page 181:
      God did not primarily intend to appoint this way of Worſhip, and to impoſe it upon them as that which was moſt proper and agreeable to him ; but that he condeſcended to it, as moſt accommodate to their preſent ſtate and inclination.

Further reading[edit]

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for “accommodate”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.)



accommodātē (comparative accommodātius, superlative accommodātissimē)

  1. suitably

Related terms[edit]


  • accommodate”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • accommodate”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • accommodate in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette
  • Carl Meißner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to be a persuasive speaker: accommodate ad persuadendum dicere




accommodate (third-person singular simple present accommodates, present participle accommodatin, simple past accomodatit, past participle accommodat)

  1. accommodate