Definition of accommodate in English:



[with object]
  • 1(of a building or other area) provide lodging or sufficient space for.

    ‘the cottages accommodate up to six people’
    • ‘Some of the pigs might also go to nearby farm buildings if neighbouring farms could accommodate them, he added.’
    • ‘The chapel could only accommodate a fraction of the people and each mass was dedicated to all the victims.’
    • ‘Statistics show the four-story mall accommodates a total of 11 shops and some 120 shopkeepers.’
    • ‘The hospital also accommodates visitors to the Irish Kidney Association's Respite Centre in Tramore.’
    • ‘A 336-square-foot guest suite above the garage accommodates visitors for extended stays.’
    • ‘Your average busy bar accommodates a couple of hundred people in an enclosed and poorly ventilated area.’
    • ‘The local government has thus far built shelters to accommodate people from the area.’
    • ‘The refurbished Main House now accommodates the Sixth Form and the Senior pupils.’
    • ‘This area also accommodates a small guest toilet and the stairs to the first floor.’
    • ‘The bar is always fifteen deep, the dancefloor accommodates 250 people but probably packs more and the lighting is very, very dark.’
    • ‘The office accommodates two recently merged law firms in a space that expresses the new firm's identity.’
    • ‘This room is at the heart of the property; a recessed area accommodates an oil-fired Rayburn range while there is a cut slate floor and work surface.’
    • ‘Scattered across 180 acres of tranquil hills, valleys and brooks are cottages and rooms accommodating guests of all categories and tastes.’
    • ‘At present there are eight public off-street car parks accommodating 935 cars, with seven private car parks with over 600 spaces.’
    • ‘This has allowed the creation of a large reception space accommodating the living room, dining area and kitchen.’
    • ‘Ko Olina Marina is a modern 270-slip facility accommodating boats up to 150 feet with all the comforts of home - no decaying docks here.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, new buildings on the four hectare site will accommodate another 60 flats.’
    • ‘An old cooperage behind the Scottish Fisheries Museum accommodates Peter Jukes' lauded seafood restaurant.’
    • ‘Today that ancestral house accommodates a dance academy run by my daughter.’
    • ‘The houses in Atlantic View once accommodated British Coastguard officers.’
    lodge, house, put up, billet, quarter, board, take in, provide shelter for, shelter, give a bed to, give someone a roof over their head, provide a roof over someone's head, harbour, make room for, give accommodation to, provide with accommodation, provide accommodation for
    hold, take, fit, seat, have room for
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  • 2Fit in with the wishes or needs of.

    ‘any language must accommodate new concepts’
    • ‘This has led to religious decline, but it has also led to religious reformation with churches accommodating change in diverse ways.’
    • ‘Difference of opinion is good but we must learn to accommodate each other's point of view at the same time.’
    • ‘Every effort should be made to accommodate the wishes of women and their partners.’
    • ‘The language of this handbook accommodates the needs of design and production professionals and students.’
    • ‘Is this mirrored in the appearance of the ‘esteemed male guest’ who must be accommodated at all costs?’
    • ‘The system cannot revolve around any one case, but must try to accommodate the needs of all cases.’
    • ‘Certain other measures have been adopted to accommodate the claimant's wishes.’
    • ‘The daguerreotypist was expected to accommodate the wishes of his clients.’
    • ‘The new regime has no time for the tiresome (if unselfish) business of accommodating the wishes of other festivals.’
    • ‘Work must also be restructured in such a way that it accommodates caregiving, through a shorter workweek and more flexible scheduling, for example.’
    • ‘The price often seems to rise inexorably as more voices must be accommodated at every turn, especially as the EU enlarges.’
    • ‘Not for Mandarin, but for the other local languages it is designed to accommodate.’
    • ‘At the ASEM summit held some weeks ago in the South Korean capital the protocol officers had difficulties in accommodating all the wishes for personal encounters.’
    • ‘In the case of genuine absence, you must see if you can accommodate the needs of the employee.’
    • ‘He's griping about the team not accommodating his wish to be traded.’
    • ‘It is difficult to accommodate the wishes of all in the community but we do try to get it right as far as we possibly can.’
    • ‘The building supports environmentally minded commuters by providing showers for bicyclers and accommodating employees who wish to take the bus.’
    • ‘Many think the gospel can only succeed if it accommodates the wishes of the world.’
    • ‘The one issue they all agree on is that the work world must change to accommodate families.’
    • ‘Because of Johnson's strong family ties, the Falcons have gone the extra mile in accommodating his wish to spend the majority of the offseason with his wife and two children.’
    help, fit in with, allow for, assist, aid, lend a hand to, oblige, serve, do someone a service, meet the needs of, meet the wants of, do someone a good turn, favour, do someone a favour, cater for, indulge, pander to, humour, gratify, satisfy
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    1. 2.1accommodate tono object Adapt to.
      ‘making users accommodate to the realities of today's marketplace’
      • ‘If you let them worry about you more, you get stronger at your best techniques and they have to accommodate to your game plan.’
      • ‘Empires generally expect neighboring states and dependencies to accept their power and accommodate to it.’
      • ‘The Tokyo tribunal accommodated to these sentiments by granting Emperor Hirohito immunity from prosecution.’
      • ‘Kissinger assumed a key role in state decision-making during the 1970s and attempted to take the USA in a realist direction of accommodating to its declining power by non-ideological calculations.’
      • ‘What we do not expect, however, are the speed and extent to which many of these victims accommodate to their new circumstances.’
      • ‘The most important choice you'll ever make is how you accommodate to this at this point and I'll promise you the worst possible thing we can ever do, is have suffering with no meaning and no purpose.’
      • ‘Some still hold these positions, and a few have even accommodated to changing times and become sound, although never outstanding, university administrators.’
      • ‘Common sense and the sense of self-protectiveness tell us to accommodate to what we cannot change.’
      • ‘He noted, ‘Neighbourhoods flourish by accommodating to change, not by saying no to it.’’
      • ‘As in the far more lucrative arena of the visual arts, dance lost its oppositional fervor as it accommodated to both political and economic realities.’
      • ‘Now all attitudes will have to be accommodated to ALP policy.’
      • ‘How can society hope to accommodate to men and women alike pursuing their public ambitions while maintaining a stable domestic life?’
      • ‘Human history is a history of progress - of forging ahead and improving our lot by changing our circumstances, not accommodating to them.’
      • ‘The report also looks at measures which will physically ‘control’ rat runs, bring in public transport routes away from congested areas and a flexible plan which can accommodate to differing situations.’
      • ‘Thirdly, experiencing the changes that are going on at a physical level as the body accommodates to new life and prepares for birth can lead to a new type of relationship with your body.’
      • ‘This idea can be easily accommodated to any size of file folders.’
      • ‘Girls end up more accommodated to academia and flock to college, which may need to do affirmative action for males to keep the male-to-female ratio in balance.’
      • ‘Its deeply territorial nature is incompletely accommodated to the disciplined consumption demanded of a truly global consumer system.’
      • ‘Urban society will have to accommodate to those prices, and with the majority of people living in a sprawling urban environment, we're going to have a hard time.’
      • ‘I have always thought that the best way to begin to accommodate to new circumstances is to learn to laugh in them.’
      adjust, adapt, attune, accustom, get accustomed, get someone accustomed, get used, get someone used, habituate, acclimatize, assimilate, acculturate
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Mid 16th century: from Latin accommodat- ‘made fitting’, from the verb accommodare, from ad- ‘to’ + commodus ‘fitting’.