accommodate[ə käm′ə dāt′]
- The definition of accommodate is to provide a place to stay.
An example of accommodate is letting your friend sleep on your couch when he comes to town.
- Accommodate means to adjust to something or someone else's needs.
An example of accommodate would be a teacher changing her teaching methods to address the changing needs of her students.
- Accommodate is defined as to do something that someone else asks of you or wants from you.
An example of accommodate would be giving someone a ride.
His friends have accommodated him by letting him sleep here.
transitive verbaccommodated, accommodating
- to make fit; adjust; adapt: to accommodate oneself to changes
- to reconcile (differences)
- to help by supplying (with something)
- to do a service or favor for
- to have space for: a table to accommodate six diners
- to provide lodging for
Origin of accommodate; from Classical Latin accommodatus, past participle of accommodare ; from ad-, to + commodare, to fit ; from commodus: see commode
verbac·com·mo·dat·ed, ac·com·mo·dat·ing, ac·com·mo·dates
- a. To have enough space for: a parking lot big enough to accommodate buses. See Synonyms at contain.b. To provide lodging for: We looked for a hotel to accommodate the extra guests.
- To take into consideration or make adjustments for; allow for: an economic proposal that accommodates the interests of senior citizens.
- a. To do a favor or service for; oblige. See Synonyms at oblige.b. To provide for; supply with something needed: accommodated the expedition with supplies.
- To make suitable; adapt or adjust: accommodated herself to her new surroundings. See Synonyms at adapt.
- To adapt oneself; become adjusted: It is never easy to accommodate to social change.
- Physiology To become adjusted, as the eye to focusing on objects at a distance.
Origin of accommodateLatin accommodāre, accommodāt-, to fit : ad-, ad- + commodus, suitable; see commodious.
(third-person singular simple present accommodates, present participle accommodating, simple past and past participle accommodated)
- (often reflexive) To render fit, suitable, or correspondent; to adapt; to conform; as, to accommodate ourselves to circumstances.
- They accommodate their counsels to his inclination. -Joseph Addison
- To bring into agreement or harmony; to reconcile; to compose; to adjust; to settle; as, to accommodate differences, a dispute, etc.
- To provide housing for; to furnish with something desired, needed, or convenient; as, to accommodate a friend with a loan or with lodgings.
- To do a favor or service for; to oblige;
- To show the correspondence of; to apply or make suit by analogy; to adapt or fit, as teachings to accidental circumstances, statements to facts, etc.; as, to accommodate prophecy to events.
- To give consideration to; to allow for.
- To contain comfortably; to have space for.
- (intransitive, rare) To adapt one's self; to be conformable or adapted; become adjusted.
- (archaic) Suitable; fit; adapted; as, means accommodate to end. - John Tillotson