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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
    to accommodate ourselves to circumstances
    They accommodate their counsels to his inclination. -Joseph Addison
  2. (transitive) To cause to come to agreement; to bring about harmony; to reconcile
    to accommodate differences
  3. (transitive) To provide housing for
    to accommodate an old friend for a week
  4. (transitive) to provide with something desired, needed, or convenient
    to accommodate a friend with a loan
  5. (transitive) To do a favor or service for; to oblige;
  6. (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
  7. (transitive) To give consideration to; to allow for.
  8. (transitive) To contain comfortably; to have space for.
    This venue accommodates three hundred people.
  9. (intransitive, rare) To adapt oneself; to be conformable or adapted; become adjusted.




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accommodate (comparative more accommodate, superlative most accommodate)

  1. (obsolete) Suitable; fit; adapted; as, means accommodate to end.
    • John Tillotson
      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.

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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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.



accommodātē (comparable accommodātius, superlative accommodātissimē)

  1. suitably

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