[uh-kom-uh-dey-shuh n]
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  1. the act of accommodating; state or process of being accommodated; adaptation.
  2. adjustment of differences; reconciliation.
  3. Sociology. a process of mutual adaptation between persons or groups, usually achieved by eliminating or reducing hostility, as by compromise or arbitration.
  4. anything that supplies a need, want, favor, convenience, etc.
  5. Usually accommodations.
    1. lodging.
    2. food and lodging.
    3. a seat, berth, or other facilities for a passenger on a train, plane, etc.
  6. readiness to aid or please others; obligingness.
  7. a loan.
  8. Ophthalmology. the automatic adjustment by which the eye adapts itself to distinct vision at different distances.
  9. accommodation bill.

Origin of accommodation

1595–1605; < Latin accommodātiōn- (stem of accommodātiō) adjustment. See accommodate, -ion
Related formsac·com·mo·da·tion·al, adjectivenon·ac·com·mo·da·tion, nounpre·ac·com·mo·da·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  1. lodging or board and lodging
  2. adjustment, as of differences or to new circumstances; adaptation, settlement, or reconciliation
  3. something fulfilling a need, want, etc; convenience or facility
  4. physiol the automatic or voluntary adjustment of the shape of the lens of the eye for far or near vision
  5. willingness to help or oblige
  6. commerce a loan, usually made as an act of favour by a bank before formal credit arrangements are agreed
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Word Origin and History for accommodation

"room and provisions, lodging," c.1600, now usually plural (accommodations) and chiefly U.S.; from French accommodation, from Latin accommodationem (nominative accommodatio), noun of action from past participle stem of accommodare (see accommodate). Meaning "appliance, anything which affords aid" is from 1610s; that of "act of accommodating" is from 1640s.

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accommodation in Medicine


  1. The act or state of adjustment or adaptation.
  2. The automatic adjustment in the focal length of the lens of the eye to permit retinal focus of images of objects at varying distances.
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accommodation in Science


  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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