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easy to deal with; eager to help or please; obliging.
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Origin of accommodating

First recorded in 1610–20; accommodat(e) + -ing2

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What does accommodating mean?

The adjective accommodating means eager or willing to help or please.

It comes from the continuous tense (-ing form) of the verb accommodate, which means to do someone 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.

Example: We can’t thank you enough—you’ve been so accommodating and have made us feel so welcome.

Where does accommodating come from?

The first records of the word accommodating as an adjective come from the early 1600s. Its base word, accommodate, comes from the Latin verb accommodāre, meaning “to make fit.” Its root word, the Latin commod(us), means “fitting” or “suitable.”

Sometimes, being accommodating means ignoring your own needs or making some kind of sacrifice to do what someone wants or needs. Sometimes, accommodating can be used to imply 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. The opposite is unaccommodating—not helpful at all.

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What are some other forms related to accommodating?

  • accommodatingly (adverb)
  • unaccommodating (adjective)
  • accommodate (verb)

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How is accommodating used in real life?

Accommodating is often used in the context of people being helpful, especially when they go out of their way to do so.



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Is accommodating used correctly in the following sentence?

I know you love to help, but in this case I think you’re being a little too accommodating.

How to use accommodating in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for accommodating

/ (əˈkɒməˌdeɪtɪŋ) /

willing to help; kind; obliging

Derived forms of accommodating

accommodatingly, adverb
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