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[uh-kom-uh-deyt] /əˈkɒm əˌdeɪt/
verb (used with object), accommodated, accommodating.
to do a kindness or a favor to; oblige:
to accommodate a friend by helping him move to a new apartment.
to provide suitably; supply (usually followed by with):
The officials were accommodated with seats toward the front of the room.
to lend money to:
Can you accommodate him, or are you short of cash?
to provide with a room and sometimes with food.
to furnish with accommodations, as food and lodgings.
to have or make room for:
Will this elevator accommodate 10 people?
to make suitable or consistent; adapt:
to accommodate oneself to circumstances.
to bring into harmony or make adjustments or allowances for: to accommodate differences;
to accommodate your busy schedule.
verb (used without object), accommodated, accommodating.
to become adjusted or adapted.
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 forms
[uh-kom-uh-duh-buh l] /əˈkɒm ə də bəl/ (Show IPA),
nonaccommodable, adjective
preaccommodate, verb (used with object), preaccommodated, preaccommodating.
reaccommodate, verb, reaccommodated, reaccommodating.
unaccommodable, adjective
underaccommodated, adjective
well-accommodated, adjective
1. serve, aid, assist, help, abet. 7. fit, suit. 8. compose, harmonize.
1. inconvenience.
Synonym Study
1. See oblige. 6. See contain. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for accommodate
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  • Those of recent make are for but one pupil, though older ones, some of which are still in use, accommodate three or four.

    The School System of Norway David Allen Anderson
  • We can accommodate you very well, and the more the merrier, you know.

    Up the River Oliver Optic
  • We have at least ten available rooms large enough to accommodate clubs of that size.

    Solaris Farm Milan C. Edson
  • Extra tables had been set up, and chairs to accommodate the added numbers.

    Adaptation Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • But after a certain point more rolling stock must be provided to accommodate the growing business.

British Dictionary definitions for accommodate


(transitive) to supply or provide, esp with lodging or board and lodging
(transitive) to oblige or do a favour for
to adjust or become adjusted; adapt
(transitive) to bring into harmony; reconcile
(transitive) to allow room for; contain
(transitive) to lend money to, esp on a temporary basis until a formal loan has been arranged
Derived Forms
accommodative, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin accommodāre to make fit, from ad- to + commodus having the proper measure
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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.

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accommodate in Medicine

accommodate ac·com·mo·date (ə-kŏm'ə-dāt')
v. ac·com·mo·dat·ed, ac·com·mo·dat·ing, ac·com·mo·dates
To become adjusted, as the eye to focusing on objects at a distance.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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