[ uh-kom-uh-dey-shuhn ]
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  1. the act of accommodating; state or process of being accommodated; adaptation.

  2. adjustment of differences; reconciliation.

  1. Sociology. a process of mutual adaptation between persons or groups, usually achieved by eliminating or reducing hostility, as by compromise or arbitration.

  2. anything that supplies a need, want, favor, convenience, etc.

  3. Usually accommodations.

    • food and lodging.

    • a seat, berth, or other facilities for a passenger on a train, plane, etc.

  4. readiness to aid or please others; obligingness.

  5. a loan.

  6. Ophthalmology. the automatic adjustment by which the eye adapts itself to distinct vision at different distances.

Origin of accommodation

1595–1605; <Latin accommodātiōn- (stem of accommodātiō) adjustment. See accommodate, -ion

Other words from accommodation

  • ac·com·mo·da·tion·al, adjective
  • non·ac·com·mo·da·tion, noun
  • pre·ac·com·mo·da·tion, noun

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How to use accommodation in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for accommodation


/ (əˌkɒməˈdeɪʃən) /

  1. lodging or board and lodging

  2. adjustment, as of differences or to new circumstances; adaptation, settlement, or reconciliation

  1. something fulfilling a need, want, etc; convenience or facility

  2. physiol the automatic or voluntary adjustment of the shape of the lens of the eye for far or near vision

  3. willingness to help or oblige

  4. commerce a loan, usually made as an act of favour by a bank before formal credit arrangements are agreed

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Scientific definitions for accommodation


[ ə-kŏm′ə-dāshən ]

  1. The adjustment in the focal length of the lens of the eye. Accommodation permits images at different distances to be focused on the retina.

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