Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To have enough space for: synonym: contain.
  • intransitive verb To provide lodging for.
  • intransitive verb To take into consideration or make adjustments for; allow for.
  • intransitive verb To do a favor or service for; oblige. synonym: oblige.
  • intransitive verb To provide for; supply with something needed.
  • intransitive verb To make suitable; adapt or adjust: synonym: adapt.
  • intransitive verb To adapt oneself; become adjusted.
  • intransitive verb Physiology To become adjusted, as the eye to focusing on objects at a distance.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Suitable; fit; adapted; accommodated.
  • 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 .

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Latin accommodāre, accommodāt-, to fit : ad-, ad- + commodus, suitable; see commodious.]

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 Atlantic Monthly, Volume 07, No. 40, February, 1861

  • 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.

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