verb (used with object), ac·com·mo·dat·ed, ac·com·mo·dat·ing.
verb (used without object), ac·com·mo·dat·ed, ac·com·mo·dat·ing.
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Origin of accommodate
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What does accommodate mean?
To accommodate someone is to do them a favor or meet their needs or wants in some way, as in You don’t have to accommodate everyone all the time—sometimes the answer should be no.
To accommodate a request is to honor it—to do what has been asked, as in They were kind enough to accommodate my special requests.
The adjective accommodating means eager or willing to help or please in this way.
Accommodate can also mean to make or have room for, as in This bus can accommodate up to 50 passengers.
Similarly, accommodate can mean to provide someone with a place to stay, as in Unfortunately the hotel was not able to accommodate us—all the rooms were reserved.
The related term accommodation is often used in this context, especially in relation to hotels rooms or other temporary lodging. In this case, it is often used in the plural, as in What are the accommodations like?
Accommodation is also commonly used in a general way referring to the act of accommodating. This can be used in any of the senses of the word.
Example: We’ve extended our hours to better accommodate our customers.
Where does accommodate come from?
The first records of the word accommodate come from the early 1500s. It is from the Latin verb accommodāre, meaning “to make fit.” Its root word, the Latin commod(us), means “fitting” or “suitable.”
In most senses of the word, to accommodate someone is to fit them in, or suit their needs. Sometimes, accommodating someone means ignoring your own needs or making some kind of sacrifice to do what they want or need. When it’s used in this way, accommodate sometimes implies that you’re going through too much trouble to please a person—that you’re bending over backwards for them. Someone who does this can be described as too accommodating.
When accommodate is used in the context of fitting people into a space, it usually involves whether a place has enough rooms (hotel rooms) for people or enough room (space) for them, as in The conference room can accommodate up to 100 guests.
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How is accommodate used in real life?
Accommodate is commonly used in both general ways and in the context of hotels and lodging.
The Mayor of Houston, Texas, Sylvester Turner says polling places in Harris County will remain open until 10 pm tonight, and then for 24 hours Thursday overnight to accommodate Texans who work late hours. How amazing! Go Texas!
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Is accommodate used correctly in the following sentence?
We’re happy to say that we’ll be able to accommodate your request to accommodate three extra guests.
Example sentences from the Web for accommodate
As the pandemic has worn on, many publishers looked for other ways to win client budgets while accommodating this short-term thinking.‘Nothing quite like being forced’: Publishers whip up quicker, cheaper ad products for advertisers|Max Willens|August 27, 2020|Digiday
Thompson had said the deal would save money over the long term, but also suggested that the property would need $15 million to potentially accommodate another 245 employees and make other capital improvements, including asbestos remediation.The Deal Before the 101 Ash St. Debacle Helps Explain How We Got Here|Lisa Halverstadt and Jesse Marx|August 24, 2020|Voice of San Diego
One carrier, though, said that while water and treats and cold beverages are appreciated, that the best thing a customer can do is provide a bigger mailbox—one that can be reached from the truck and accommodate all mail and parcels.U.S. Postal Service carriers reveal how you can make their day better|Jeff|August 18, 2020|Fortune
Jones said he feels bad he’s not going to be able to accommodate those parents.Rural Districts Still Lack Devices, Internet Access as School Year Draws Near|Kayla Jimenez|August 11, 2020|Voice of San Diego
Rapid urbanisation and an increasing population compel India to accommodate more vehicles on the roads, which indirectly means more crude oil imports and carbon emissions.How an Indian flight could run on biofuel—but India cannot|Monika Mandal|August 11, 2020|Quartz
Oxygen levels will be decreased to accommodate fewer people.
“You can host a sit-down diner for 140, and the house can accommodate 700 people at a party,” Davenport says proudly.
If a fan has a Spanish or Japanese accent, George will switch languages to accommodate them.
She's happy to accommodate vegetarians, vegans, and those intolerant of gluten.The Ultimate Southern Cheeseburger Created in South Carolina|Jane & Michael Stern|August 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“Basically we wanted to create something that could accommodate up to about 50 terrapins,” says Kidner.How the ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Inadvertently Caused an Environmental Crisis|Alex Suskind|August 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He stepped out of the way to accommodate another, but he consented to go with the company to Springfield, the capital of Illinois.Our Standard-Bearer|Oliver Optic
Everything was done by the captain and the men to accommodate me and make me easy.The Blue Jar Story Book|Maria Edgeworth
On this ground are two rows of stones each row high enough for a seat, and long enough to accommodate fifty persons.Sketches of the Covenanters|J. C. McFeeters
A gentleman should accommodate his walk to that of a lady, or an elderly or delicate person.Social Life|Maud C. Cooke
This was all that art had done to accommodate nature to the purposes of man.Guy Rivers: A Tale of Georgia|William Gilmore Simms