1530s, from Latin accommodatus, perfect passive participle of accommodō; ad + commodō ("make fit, help"); com- + modus ("measure, proportion") (English mode). Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /əˈkɒməˌdeɪt/, [əˈkʰɒməˌdeɪt]
  • (America) IPA: /əˈkɑməˌdeɪt/, [əˈkʰɑməˌdeɪt]

accommodate (accommodates, present participle accommodating; past and past participle accommodated)

  1. (transitive, often, reflexive) To render fit, suitable, or correspondent; to adapt.
    Synonyms: adapt, conform, adjust, arrange, suit
    to accommodate ourselves to circumstances
    • 1712 June 18, Joseph Addison and Richard Steele, The Spectator, number 475, collected in The Spectator, volume VII, London: J. and R. Tonson and S. Draper, published 1753, page 15:
      IT is an old Obſervation, which has been made of Politicians who would rather ingratiate themſelves with their Sovereign, than promote his real Service, that they accommodate their Counſels to his Inclinations, and adviſe him to ſuch Actions only as his Heart is naturally ſet upon.
  2. (transitive) To cause to come to agreement; to bring about harmony; to reconcile.
    Synonyms: reconcile
    to accommodate differences
  3. (transitive) To provide housing for.
    to accommodate an old friend for a week
  4. (transitive) To provide with something desired, needed, or convenient.
    to accommodate a friend with a loan
  5. (transitive) To do a favor or service for; to oblige.
    Synonyms: oblige
  6. (transitive) 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.
    to accommodate prophecy to events
  7. (transitive) To give consideration to; to allow for.
  8. (transitive) To contain comfortably; to have space for.
    This venue accommodates three hundred people.
  9. (intransitive, rare) To adapt oneself; to be conformable or adapted; become adjusted.
Antonyms Translations Translations
  • German: in Übereinstimmung bringen, anpassen
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  1. (obsolete) Suitable; fit; adapted; as, means accommodate to end.

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