easy to deal with; eager to help or please; obliging.

Origin of accommodating

First recorded in 1610–20; accommodate + -ing2
Related formsac·com·mo·dat·ing·ly, adverbnon·ac·com·mo·dat·ing, adjectivenon·ac·com·mo·dat·ing·ly, adverbnon·ac·com·mo·dat·ing·ness, nounpre·ac·com·mo·dat·ing·ly, adverbsu·per·ac·com·mo·dat·ing, adjectiveun·ac·com·mo·dat·ing, adjectiveun·ac·com·mo·dat·ing·ly, adverb



verb (used with object), ac·com·mo·dat·ed, ac·com·mo·dat·ing.

to do a kindness or a favor to; oblige: to accommodate a friend by helping him move to a new apartment.
to provide suitably; supply (usually followed by with): The officials were accommodated with seats toward the front of the room.
to lend money to: Can you accommodate him, or are you short of cash?
to provide with a room and sometimes with food.
to furnish with accommodations, as food and lodgings.
to have or make room for: Will this elevator accommodate 10 people?
to make suitable or consistent; adapt: to accommodate oneself to circumstances.
to bring into harmony or make adjustments or allowances for: to accommodate differences; to accommodate your busy schedule.

verb (used without object), ac·com·mo·dat·ed, ac·com·mo·dat·ing.

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

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
Related formsac·com·mo·da·ble [uh-kom-uh-duh-buhl] /əˈkɒm ə də bəl/, adjectivenon·ac·com·mo·da·ble, adjectivepre·ac·com·mo·date, verb (used with object), pre·ac·com·mo·dat·ed, pre·ac·com·mo·dat··ac·com·mo·date, verb, re·ac·com·mo·dat·ed, re·ac·com·mo·dat·ing.un·ac·com·mo·da·ble, adjectiveun·der·ac·com·mo·dat·ed, adjectivewell-ac·com·mo·dat·ed, adjective

Synonyms for accommodate

Synonym study

1. See oblige. 6. See contain.

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

Examples from the Web for accommodating

Contemporary Examples of accommodating

Historical Examples of accommodating

  • He will most often succeed in accommodating his sentiments to those of his conjoint.

  • You wanted to go to sea, but he jumped at the chance of accommodating your desire with a vengeance.


    Joseph Conrad

  • Even in his most accommodating mood he inspires a dread of treachery.

  • With an accommodating chaperon who knew no German, the couple could do and say what they pleased.

  • This military hospital is capable of accommodating 3,000 soldiers.

British Dictionary definitions for accommodating



willing to help; kind; obliging
Derived Formsaccommodatingly, adverb



(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 Formsaccommodative, 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

Word Origin and History for accommodating

"obliging," 1771, present participle adjective from accommodate.



1530s, from Latin accomodatus "suitable," past participle of accomodare "make fit, adapt, fit one thing to another," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + commodare "make fit," from commodus "fit" (see commode). Related: Accommodated; accommodating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for accommodating




To become adjusted, as the eye to focusing on objects at a distance.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.