acclimate

[ ak-luh-meyt, uh-klahy-mit ]
/ ˈæk ləˌmeɪt, əˈklaɪ mɪt /

verb (used with or without object), ac·cli·mat·ed, ac·cli·mat·ing.

to accustom or become accustomed to a new climate or environment; adapt.

Nearby words

  1. accipitrine,
  2. accius,
  3. acclaim,
  4. acclamation,
  5. acclamatory,
  6. acclimation,
  7. acclimatize,
  8. acclivity,
  9. acclivous,
  10. accolade

Origin of acclimate

From the French word acclimater, dating back to 1785–95. See ac-, climate

Related formsac·cli·mat·a·ble [uh-klahy-mi-tuh-buh l] /əˈklaɪ mɪ tə bəl/, adjectiveac·cli·ma·tion [ak-luh-mey-shuh n] /ˌæk ləˈmeɪ ʃən/, nounre·ac·cli·mate, verb, re·ac·cli·mat·ed, re·ac·cli·mat·ing.un·ac·cli·mat·ed, adjective

Can be confusedacclamation acclimation

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Word Origin and History for acclimate

acclimate

v.

1792, from French acclimater, verb formed from à "to" (see ad-) + climat (see climate). Related: Acclimated; acclimating. The extended form acclimatize is now more common.

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