accommodation
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ə.ˌkɒm.ə.ˈdeɪ.ʃən/
  • (America) IPA: /ə.ˌkɑm.ə.ˈdeɪ.ʃən/
Noun

accommodation

  1. (chiefly, British, usually, a mass noun) Lodging in a dwelling or similar living quarters afforded to travellers in hotels or on cruise ships, or prisoners, etc.
  2. (physical) Adaptation or adjustment.
    1. (countable, uncountable, followed by to) The act of fitting or adapting, or the state of being fitted or adapted; adaptation; adjustment.
      • 1677, Sir Matthew Hale (jurist), The Primitive Origination of Mankind: Considered and Examined According to the Light of Nature, OCLC 874179016, page 49:
        It is true, the organization of the humane and animal Body, with accommodation to their several functions and offices, is certainly fitted with the most curious and exact Mechanism imaginable
    2. (countable, uncountable) A convenience, a fitting, something satisfying a need.
    3. (countable, physiology, biology) The adaptation or adjustment of an organism, organ, or part.
    4. (countable, medical) The adjustment of the eye to a change of the distance from an observed object.
  3. (personal) Adaptation or adjustment.
    1. (countable, uncountable) Willingness to accommodate; obligingness.
    2. (countable, uncountable) Adjustment of differences; state of agreement; reconciliation; settlement; compromise.
      • 1849, Thomas Babington Macaulay, 1st Baron Macaulay, The History of England from the Accession of James the Second, OCLC 15431209, page 121:
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      • 2005, Bryan Ward-Perkins, The Fall of Rome and the End of Civilization, p. 82:
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    3. (countable) The application of a writer's language, on the ground of analogy, to something not originally referred to or intended.
      • 1794, William Paley, A View of the Evidences of Christianity, reprinted in 1818 by James Robertson ↗, page 283:
        It is probable to my apprehension, that many of those quotations were intended by the writers of the New Testament as nothing more than accommodations.
    4. (countable, commerce) A loan of money.
    5. (countable, commerce) An accommodation bill or note.
    6. (countable, legal) An offer of substitute goods to fulfill a contract, which will bind the purchaser if accepted.
    7. (theology) An adaptation or method of interpretation which explains the special form in which the revelation is presented as unessential to its contents, or rather as often adopted by way of compromise with human ignorance or weakness.
  4. (countable, geology) The place where sediments can make, or have made, a sedimentation.
  5. (linguistics, sociolinguistics) Modifications to make one's way of speaking similar to others involved in a conversation or discourse; code-switching.
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