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verb (used with or without object), ac·cli·ma·tized, ac·cli·ma·tiz·ing.
  1. to acclimate.
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Also especially British, ac·cli·ma·tise.

Origin of acclimatize

First recorded in 1830–40; acclimate + -ize
Related formsac·cli·ma·tiz·a·ble, adjectiveac·cli·ma·ti·za·tion, nounre·ac·cli·ma·ti·za·tion, nounre·ac·cli·ma·tize, verb, re·ac·cli·ma·tized, re·ac·cli·ma·tiz·ing.un·ac·cli·ma·tized, adjective
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Related Words for acclimatization

acclimation, adjustment

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Historical Examples of acclimatization

  • Give illustrations of acclimatization as a form of accommodation.

    Introduction to the Science of Sociology

    Robert E. Park

  • Every days march inland is a species of acclimatization and a removal from temptation.

    Stanley in Africa

    James P. Boyd

  • We were now put through a gradual process of acclimatization.

  • As to what has been done in the way of acclimatization it is not necessary to say much.

  • They seem to be immune to most of the pests and do not require as much in the way of acclimatization.

    Florida: An Ideal Cattle State

    Florida State Live Stock Association

British Dictionary definitions for acclimatization


acclimatise acclimate (əˈklaɪmeɪt, ˈæklɪˌmeɪt)

  1. to adapt or become accustomed to a new climate or environment
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Derived Formsacclimatizable, acclimatisable or acclimatable, adjectiveacclimatization, acclimatisation or acclimation, nounacclimatizer or acclimatiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for acclimatization



1836; see acclimate + -ize; a more recent formation than acclimate and replacing it in many uses. Related: Acclimatized; acclimatizing.

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