Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To do a favor or service for; oblige. See Synonyms at oblige.
  • transitive v. To provide for; supply with.
  • transitive v. To hold comfortably without crowding. See Synonyms at contain.
  • transitive v. To make suitable; adapt. See Synonyms at adapt.
  • transitive v. To allow for; consider: an economic proposal that accommodates the interests of senior citizens.
  • transitive v. To settle; reconcile.
  • intransitive v. To adapt oneself; become adjusted: It is never easy to accommodate to social change.
  • intransitive v. Physiology To become adjusted, as the eye to focusing on objects at a distance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To render fit, suitable, or correspondent; to adapt; to conform; as, to accommodate ourselves to circumstances.
  • v. To bring into agreement or harmony; to reconcile; to compose; to adjust; to settle; as, to accommodate differences, a dispute, etc.
  • v. To provide housing for; to furnish with something desired, needed, or convenient; as, to accommodate a friend with a loan or with lodgings.
  • v. To do a favor or service for; to oblige;
  • v. 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.
  • v. To give consideration to; to allow for.
  • v. To contain comfortably; to have space for.
  • v. To adapt one's self; to be conformable or adapted; become adjusted.
  • adj. Suitable; fit; adapted; as, means accommodate to end. - John Tillotson

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Suitable; fit; adapted.
  • intransitive v. To adapt one's self; to be conformable or adapted.
  • transitive v. To render fit, suitable, or correspondent; to adapt; to conform.
  • transitive v. To bring into agreement or harmony; to reconcile; to compose; to adjust; to settle
  • transitive v. To furnish with something desired, needed, or convenient; to favor; to oblige.
  • transitive v. 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..

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make suitable, correspondent, or consistent; fit; adapt: as, to accommodate ourselves to circumstances; to accommodate the choice of subjects to the occasion; to accommodate a Latin word, in form or use, to English analogies.
  • To show fitness or agreement in; reconcile, as things which are at variance or which seem inconsistent; bring into harmony or concord: as, to accommodate prophecy to events.
  • To adjust; settle: as, to accommodate differences.
  • To supply or furnish; provide with certain conveniences; give accommodation to: as, my house can accommodate a large number of guests: followed by with when what is supplied is expressly mentioned: as, to accommodate a man with apartments; to accommodate a friend with money.
  • To suit; serve; convenience; oblige; do a kindness or favor to: as, he is always delighted to accommodate a friend.
  • Synonyms To suit, adapt, fit, conform, adjust, reconcile.
  • To furnish, supply, provide for.
  • To serve, oblige, assist, aid.
  • To be conformable; specifically, in physiology, to be in or come to adjustment. See accommodation, 4 .
  • Suitable; fit; adapted; accommodated.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. provide with something desired or needed
  • v. have room for; hold without crowding
  • v. be agreeable or acceptable to
  • v. provide housing for
  • v. make (one thing) compatible with (another)
  • v. make fit for, or change to suit a new purpose
  • v. provide a service or favor for someone

Etymologies

Latin accomodāre, accomodāt-, to fit : ad-, ad- + commodus, suitable; see commodious.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • When a party of the Shays rebels came to the house of General Pomeroy, in Northampton, and asked if he could accommodate them, -- the old soldier, seeing the green sprigs in their hats, the badges of their treason, shouted to his son, "Fetch me my hanger, and I'll _accommodate_ the scoundrels!"

    The Writings of James Russell Lowell in Prose and Poetry, Volume V Political Essays

  • The very province we were jointly trying to accommodate is isolated yet again.

    Hanging Together: Canada After Patriation

  • Larsen said tents were being readied for 400,000 quake victims at mini-villages outside the capital that will initially hold 20,000 people, and in the long term accommodate around one million.

    Raw Story

  • Health Minister Alex Larsen said that tents were being readied for 400,000 people at mini-villages that will initially hold 20,000, and in the long term accommodate about one million.

    IrishExaminer.com

  • Health Minister Alex Larsen said tents were being readied for 400,000 quake victims at mini-villages outside the capital that will initially hold 20,000 people, and in the long term accommodate around one million.

    Channel NewsAsia Front Page News

  • Others have used private transport. said that tents were being readied for 400,000 people at mini-villages that will initially hold 20,000, and in the long term accommodate around one million.

    News on Earthquakes

  • Health Minister Alex Larsen said that tents were being readied for 400,000 people at mini-villages that will initially hold 20,000, and in the long term accommodate around one million.

    Raw Story

  • You’ll find the word accommodate spelled twice with one ‘m’, which sets a tone consistent with the Brand, really.

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  • By accommodate, I mean stay connected to him but accept that Mom will always come first.

    When He's Married to Mom

  • Obliging word accommodate: there's accommodation notes now, where one accommodates another with a loan, and if he don't pay it pretty quickly, accommodates him with a chain to his foot.

    The Confidence-Man

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