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The word accommodate and its family (accommodated, accommodates, accommodating, accommodation) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the adjective accommodate

What does accommodate mean as an attribute of a noun?


  1. [archaic] Suitable; fit; adapted; as, means 'accommodate' to end. - John Tillotson

Definition of the verb accommodate

What does accommodate mean as a doing word?

Accommodate is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: accommodated | accommodating | accommodates

  1. be agreeable or acceptable to
  2. make fit for, or change to suit a new purpose
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Patient]He adapted himself
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Patient] to [Destination, object control with -ing]He adapted himself to waking up early
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Patient] to [Destination, not sentential clause]He adapted himself to the situation
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Destination]He adapted to the situation
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Destination, subject control with -ing]He adapted to waking up early

      Verbs of Creation and Transformation (with the same syntax): adapt, adjust, assimilate, conform, fit, gear, readapt, readjust.

    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of accommodate: adapt
    • more generic words: alter / change / vary = become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence
    • more specific words:
  3. provide with something desired or needed
    • example: Can you accommodate me with a rental car?
    • lexical domain: Consumption - verbs of eating and drinking
    • more generic words: cater / ply / provide / supply = give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance
  4. have room for; hold without crowding
    • example: This hotel can accommodate 250 guests
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonyms of accommodate: admit / hold
    • more specific words:
      • sleep = be able to accommodate for sleeping
      • house = contain or cover
      • seat = be able to seat
  5. provide housing for
  6. provide a service or favor for someone
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonym of accommodate: oblige
    • more generic terms: abide by / comply / follow = act in accordance with someone's rules, commands, or wishes
  7. make (one thing) compatible with (another)
    • example: The scientists had to accommodate the new results with the existing theories
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of accommodate: conciliate / reconcile
    • more generic words: harmonise / harmonize = bring (several things) into consonance or relate harmoniously

Alternative definition of the verb accommodate


  1. [transitive] To render fit, suitable, or correspondent; to adapt; to conform; as, to 'accommodate' ourselves to circumstances.
  2. [transitive] To bring into agreement or harmony; to reconcile; to compose; to adjust; to settle; as, to 'accommodate' differences, a dispute, etc.
  3. [transitive] To furnish with something desired, needed, or convenient; to favor; to oblige; as, to 'accommodate' a friend with a loan or with lodgings.
  4. [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.
  5. (intransitive) (rare) To adapt one's self; to be conformable or adapted. - Boyle

Specialised definition of the verb accommodate

Glossary of sports

to provide lodging for someone (2008. Dictionary of Leisure, Travel and Tourism. Third edition. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for accommodate

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Google previewNew Essays on the Nature of Rights (2017)

by Mark McBride

A further point to accommodate is that morally justified rights mark the sphere of respect for the right-holder, and hence generate the status interest outlined in section IV. A good theory should accommodate all this. Nonetheless, we have not ...

Google previewThe Atkins Diet and Philosophy (2013)

Chewing the Fat with Kant and Nietzsche by Lisa Heldke, Kerri Mommer, Cynthia Pineo, William Irwin

A commodity's failure to accommodate means that it is lacking in “use-value” qualities, the qualities that make it useful. But then, something paradoxical happens since the item in question is not a commodity any more: it no longer meets the ...

Google previewTreating Traumatic Bereavement (2014)

A Practitioner's Guide by Laurie Anne Pearlman, Camille B. Wortman, Catherine A. Feuer, Christine H. Farber, Therese A. Rando

To accommodate means to make room for something—to adapt or adjust. Accommodation is an active process. It involves reconciling differences in order to integrate one thing with another, for example, old ways of perceiving the world with ...

Google previewDisabled Justice? (2015)

Access to Justice and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by Eilionóir Flynn

the duty to reasonably accommodate means that the public service must provide appropriate aids and ...

Google previewResponsibility in Law and Morality (2002)

by Peter Cane

Correspondingly, the only function of responsibility concepts and practices that such theories accommodate is that of protecting our interest as agents in freedom of action. This argument is elaborated in 6.2 to 6.4. This chapter has two main ...

Google previewThe Cambridge Companion to Feminism in Philosophy (2000)

by Miranda Fricker, Jennifer Hornsby

Pluralism within reason - a perspectival realism If the right level for pluralism is ground level, the level of practice, then what epistemology needs to be brought to accommodate is a first-order epistemic pluralism. It is that sort of pluralism which ...

Google previewPragmatics (2014)

by Yan Huang

would probably be much more difficult to accommodate is that it runs contrary to our realworld knowledge that an average person ...

Google previewUn-Natural History, or Myths of Ancient Science

by Edmund Goldsmid

does; nor on the question as to how the brutes themselves seek out, and accommodate means to ends; nor again do we wish to quote the great names of Tycho Brahe, Armand de Bello Visu, Roderick de Arriaga, Thomas Fienus and others.

Google previewGood God (2011)

The Theistic Foundations of Morality by David Baggett, Jerry L. Walls

The claim that this world contains far more evils than a theist can accommodate is a highly ambitious one that begs to be scrutinized. The stakes are high ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of American Civil Liberties (2013)

by Paul Finkelman

" The Court opined that TWA made reasonable efforts to accommodate the employee's religious practices and Sabbath observance ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the World's Zoos (2001)

by Catharine E. Bell

to accommodate a change in species; (2.) to address animal behavioral needs; (3) to accommodate changes in organizational styles or systems; (4) to create cost ...

Google previewPaperback Oxford English Dictionary (2012)

by Oxford Dictionaries,, Maurice Waite

accommodate v. ( accommodates, accommodating, accommodated) 1 provide lodging or space for.

Google previewNew Oxford Rhyming Dictionary (2012)

by Oxford University Press

accommodate | Adrienne...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Database Technologies and Applications (2005)

by Rivero, Laura C.

The formatting of a drop-down menu might therefore require redesign to accommodate the text expansion needed to insert corresponding information presented in another language. Moreover, changes resulting from text expansion could ...

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Usage statistics about accommodate

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

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I can't really change my life to accommodate people who are jealous. I don't see why I should. (Sting)
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Scrabble value of A1C3C3O1M3M3O1D2A1T1E1

The value of this 11-letter word is 20 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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