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[ak-luh-meyt, uh-klahy-mit]
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verb (used with or without object), ac·cli·mat·ed, ac·cli·mat·ing.
  1. to accustom or become accustomed to a new climate or environment; adapt.
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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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  • A variation of it was given you to acclimate you to Earth's gravity and atmosphere.

    Star Performer

    Robert J. Shea

  • They had learned to appreciate their skill in the arts, and resolved to acclimate those arts at home.

  • It may take a year or two to acclimate them to this more equable and more refreshing temperature.

    Our Italy

    Charles Dudley Warner

  • Persistent efforts have been made to acclimate both Heather and Gorse in America.

    Old-Time Gardens

    Alice Morse Earle

  • Well, Sir, these races dying out, the white man has to acclimate himself.

    The Professor at the Breakfast Table

    Oliver Wendell Holmes (Sr.)

Word Origin and History for acclimate


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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