accommodate

[ uh-kom-uh-deyt ]
/ əˈkɒm əˌdeɪt /

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.

to become adjusted or adapted.
to become reconciled; agree.

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Origin of accommodate

1515–25; <Latin accommodātus adjusted (past participle of accommodāre), equivalent to ac-ac- + commod(us) fitting, suitable (com-com- + modus measure, manner) + -ātus-ate1

ANTONYMS FOR accommodate

synonym study for accommodate

1. See oblige. 6. See contain.

OTHER WORDS FROM 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.

 

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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.

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British Dictionary definitions for accommodate

accommodate
/ (əˈkɒməˌdeɪt) /

verb

(tr) to supply or provide, esp with lodging or board and lodging
(tr) to oblige or do a favour for
to adjust or become adjusted; adapt
(tr) to bring into harmony; reconcile
(tr) to allow room for; contain
(tr) to lend money to, esp on a temporary basis until a formal loan has been arranged

Derived forms of accommodate

accommodative, adjective

Word Origin for accommodate

C16: from Latin accommodāre to make fit, from ad- to + commodus having the proper measure
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for accommodate

accommodate
[ ə-kŏmə-dāt′ ]

v.

To become adjusted, as the eye to focusing on objects at a distance.
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