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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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  • Travel was slow in those days; accommodations were few and far between.

    When the West Was Young Frederick R. Bechdolt
  • It should be understood that the accommodations were of the rudest character.

    War from the Inside

    Frederick L. (Frederick Lyman) Hitchcock
  • There were no accommodations for the wives of officers there.

    Hidden Hand

    Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth
  • But perhaps we'll stay in Simpson's Corners, if there are any accommodations.

    Dave Porter At Bear Camp Edward Stratemeyer
  • These were our accommodations for the night, and perhaps several nights and days.

    A Woman who went to Alaska May Kellogg Sullivan
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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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