[ak-luh-meyt, uh-klahy-mit]

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.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for acclimate

Contemporary Examples of acclimate

Historical Examples of acclimate

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

    Our Italy

    Charles Dudley Warner

  • 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.

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

    Old-Time Gardens

    Alice Morse Earle

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper