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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun accommodation:


Accommodation is sometimes a misspelling of accommodate.

Accommodation is a member of the word family accommodate, 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 noun accommodation

What does accommodation mean as a name of something?

Accommodation is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: accommodations

  1. making or becoming suitable; adjusting to circumstances
  2. a settlement of differences
    • example: they reached an accommodation with Japan
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic word: settlement = a conclusive resolution of a matter and disposition of it
    • more specific terms:
      • modus vivendi = a temporary accommodation of a disagreement between parties pending a permanent settlement
      • compromise = an accommodation in which both sides make concessions
  3. in the theories of Jean Piaget: the modification of internal representations in order to accommodate a changing knowledge of reality
  4. living quarters provided for public convenience
  5. the act of providing something (lodging or seat or food) to meet a need
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: aid / assist / assistance / help = the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose
    • more specific word: service = the performance of duties by a waiter or servant
  6. (physiology) the automatic adjustment in focal length of the natural lens of the eye

Alternative definition of the noun accommodation


  1. [qualifier, British] Lodging in a dwelling or similar living quarters afforded to travellers in hotels or on cruise ships, or prisoners, etc.
  2. The act of fitting or adapting, or the state of being fitted or adapted; adaptation; adjustment; -- followed by 'to'
  3. Willingness to accommodate; obligingness.
  4. Whatever supplies a want or affords ease, refreshment, or convenience; anything furnished which is desired or needful; -- often in the plural; as, the 'accommodations' -- that is, lodgings and food -- at an inn - Sir W. Scott
  5. An adjustment of differences; state of agreement; reconciliation; settlement.
  6. The application of a writer's language, on the ground of analogy, to something not originally referred to or intended.
  7. [context: commerce] A loan of money
  8. [context: commerce] An accommodation bill or note.
  9. [legal] an offer of substitute goods to fulfill a contract, which will bind the purchaser if accepted
  10. [context: eye] The adjustment of the eye to a change of the distance from an observed object.

Specialised definition of the noun accommodation

Glossary of healthcare / ophthalmology

the ability of the lens of the eye to change shape to adjust for close or distance vision

Glossary of sports

a place to live (2008. Dictionary of Leisure, Travel and Tourism. Third edition. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)


  1. Accommodation is the theological principle that God, while being in his nature unknowable and unreachable, has nevertheless communicated with humanity in a way which humans can understand and respond to. The concept is that scripture has accommodated, or made allowance for, the original audience's language and general level of understanding.
  2. Accommodation: A place of temporary lodging used by travellers. This type is intended to be used for hotels, bed and breakfasts, backpacker hostels, or any other such place you might stay while travelling.

Phrases with Accommodation

  1. Accommodation Bill
  2. accommodation ladder
  3. accommodation reflex
  4. Accommodation address
  5. accommodation endorser
  6. sleeping accommodation

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Accommodation

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Google previewSocial Psychology (1997)

by Rajendra Kumar Sharma, Rachana Sharma

"As a process, accommodation is the sequence of steps by which persons are reconciled to changed conditions of life through the formation of habits and attitudes made necessary by the changed conditions themselves." 2 .

Google previewFundamentals of Sociology (1996)

by Rajendra Kumar Sharma

While accommodation is a social process, adaptation is a biological process. 2. While accommodation is an outcome of conflict, adaptation is the natural result of competition. 3. While accommodation is a process of learning, adaptation is the ...

Google previewSocial Change And Social Control (1997)

by Rajendra Kumar Sharma

"As a process, accommodation is the sequence of steps by which persons are reconciled to changed conditions of life through the formation of habits and attitudes made necessary by the changed conditions themselves." 2 .

Google previewClinical Orthoptics (2012)

by Fiona J. Rowe

Accommodation is the ability to increase the convexity of the crystalline lens in order to obtain a clear image of a near object. It is closely associated with convergence and pupil constriction. The far point of accommodation is ...

Google previewNew Models In Geog (2013)

by Richard Peet, Nigel Thrift

Hence accommodation is the whirlpool of contemporary environmentalism into which much intellectual debris is sucked. It is the preferred position for most middle—ranking executives and administrative officials. It is the choice of the majority ...

Google previewNew Models in Geography - Vol 1 (2002)

The Political-Economy Perspective by Richard Peet, Nigel Thrift, Professor of Geography Nigel Thrift

Hence accommodation is the whirlpool of contemporary environmentalism into which much intellectual debris is sucked. It is the preferred position for most middle-ranking executives and administrative officials. It is the choice of the majority of ...

Google previewCampbell's Psychiatric Dictionary (2004)

by Robert Jean Campbell

Nerve accommodation is the rise in threshold during the passage of a constant, direct electric current because of which only the make and break of the current stimulate the nerve. 5. Social accommodation refers to the functional changes in ...

Google previewTrends, Challenges & Innovations in Management - Volume III (2015)

by Dr Ramesh Kumar Miryala

IMPACT OF HOTEL INDUSTRY ON TOURISM – A STUDY Gujjeti Thirupathi1 Introduction: Accommodation is a function of travel. It creates a home away from home for the tourist. Hotel industry is the most sophisticated industry today.

Google previewEnvironment and Behavior (2012)

A Dynamic Perspective by C. Holahan

Also, as social accommodation is a less dramatic process than environmental coping, this may aid the reader in noting the...

Google previewOn the Origin of Autonomy (2014)

A New Look at the Major Transitions in Evolution by Bernd Rosslenbroich

Phenotypic accommodation is the adjustment, without genetic change, among variable aspects of the phenotype, following a novel or unusual –external or internal – input during development. Genetic accommodation is a genetic change that ...

Google previewHow Vision Works (2012)

The Physiological Mechanisms Behind What We See by Nigel Daw

Accommodation is the change in focus of the lens to bring the object looked at into sharp focus on the retina. Convergence is a...

Google previewIntroduction to Policing (2013)

by Steven M. Cox, William P. McCamey, Gene L. Scaramella

Reasonable accommodation refers to new construction, modifying existing facilities, work schedules, or equipment, as long as such modification does not cause the agency undue hardship (significant expense or difficulty). In most cases, the ...

Google previewThe Routledge Handbook of Pragmatics (2017)

by Anne Barron, Yueguo Gu, Gerard Steen

Accommodation is a central component of the satisfaction approach to presuppositions, and it has been conceived and...

Essentially, the idea is that accommodation is an operation, which we will call ACC, that can apply to utterances or parts ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Public Relations (2013)

by Robert L. Heath

Accommodation is a stance or strategic position that a public relations practitioner may choose to take with a public. It is most appropriate when the stance is mutually beneficial for the accommodating organization and the accommodated ...

Google previewThe Journal of the Indiana State Medical Association (1910)

Accommodation is that function...

Google previewBridging Differences (2004)

Effective Intergroup Communication by William B. Gudykunst

Accommodation refers to our tendency to adapt our behavior to strangers' behavior. We can move toward strangers (convergence) or move away from them (divergence). Using our own language when around people who do not speak it ...

Google previewThe Rough Guide to France (2003)

by Rough Guides (Firm), David Abram

Be aware, however, that in August, unless you're camping or book in advance, accommodation is a near- insuperable problem. Out of season you can't rely on sunny weather, but that shouldn't deter you since the quiet misty seascapes and ...

Google previewInternational Real Estate (2007)

Asia's Potential from a Research Perspective by David Kim Hin Ho

Since office accommodation is a derived demand, the performance of the service related sector affects office sector demand principally through the filtering effect of multi-round economic demand expansion. However, there has been limited ...

Google preview3D User Interfaces (2004)

Theory and Practice, CourseSmart eTextbook by Doug Bowman, Ernst Kruijff, Joseph J. LaViola Jr., Ivan P. Poupyrev

Accommodation is the physical stretching and relaxing of the eye lens caused by the eye muscles when focusing on an image. The state of these eye muscles in stretching and relaxing provides the viewer a cue as to the distance of the ...

Google previewA History of American Currency (1884)

With Chapters on the English Bank Restriction and Austrian Paper Money by William Graham Sumner

your Committee think it an important illustration of the principle, that an enlarged accommodation is the true remedy for that occasional failure of confidence in the country districts, to which our system of paper credit is unavoidably exposed.

Google previewThe Cradle of Knowledge (2000)

Development of Perception in Infancy by Philip J. Kellman, Martha E. Arterberry

Accommodation refers to changing of the thickness of the lens to bring images at different distances into focus. Convergence is the turning inward of the eyes so that the two eyes image the same point in space. In each case, the muscular 16 ...

Google previewA Teaching Assistant's Guide to Child Development and Psychology in the Classroom (2012)

Second edition by Susan Bentham

Accommodation is the term used by Piaget to describe how individuals change or modify schemas to incorporate new experiences. Active listening is a special type of listening where we communicate to the person with whom we are talking ...

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Quotes about Accommodation

I think that's the phenomenon of our time is that a lot of women keep themselves in good shape but that there's not a lot of accommodation or people out there to connect with and the technology. (Stockard Channing)
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The value of this 13-letter word is 22 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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