Definition of acclimate in English:

acclimate

Pronunciation /ˈaklɪmeɪt//əˈklʌɪmət/

verb

[NO OBJECT]often acclimate to
North American
  • 1Acclimatize.

    ‘helping freshmen to acclimate to college life’
    • ‘He sighed, ‘and it will give me more time to get acclimated to to the darkness.’’
    • ‘Ryley didn't think too much of it, attributing the changes to the fact that he was becoming acclimated to his new surroundings.’
    • ‘He has not yet acclimated to when our days and nights are.’
    • ‘The brash but explosive back made life much easier for QB Jake Plummer, who acclimated to the Broncos' system in swift fashion.’
    • ‘I quickly became acclimated to a variety of cultures and people - which was wonderful because I've always loved learning about new cultures.’
    • ‘Early in the season, when Billups and Hamilton were getting acclimated to the system, Atkins and Barry played long stretches of the second and fourth quarters.’
    • ‘New Zealand-bred Bocelli, who will represent Singapore in the Hong Kong Cup on December 16 is getting acclimated to the Sha Tin racecourse.’
    • ‘I think his knee had to get acclimated to a heavier workload, but I see him making progress with it.’
    • ‘With O'Bannon's help, he grows more accustomed and acclimated to the West, as Roy learns from Chon in the buddy picture tradition.’
    • ‘It's important to try to help foreign students acclimate to American universities.’
    • ‘Joe Policastro has found a pleasant way to acclimate to the Florida heat and humidity that are part of early season racing - he and his wife Pam spend the winter months in their Palm Beach home.’
    • ‘Because their bodies are not acclimated to the restrictions in their chest, activities such as swimming and running are even more difficult than if the child had grown up active.’
    • ‘But to acclimate to life here, they often blend into the mainstream, becoming invisible.’
    • ‘It's just a matter of Wallace getting acclimated to DEI's program.’
    • ‘Eventually the city kids settle into a comfortable routine that vacillates between mocking their counterparts and helping them acclimate to their new surroundings.’
    • ‘More interesting, perhaps, is the possibility that the co-eds themselves are the disease, unable to acclimate to the rural environment they've invaded.’
    • ‘You don't have to tell your body how to acclimate to new environments, it's wired into our systems.’
    • ‘And WNY personnel at all communities are available to help residents get acclimated to their new surroundings, while finding all the local services and retail outlets they need.’
    • ‘‘The student-athlete is getting more time to get acclimated to the institution,’ says Steve Mallonee, the NCAA director of membership services and governance liaison.’
    • ‘But Bosnian Americans tend to live with extended family members, though this is likely to end as Bosnians acclimate to American culture and become more financially successful.’
    • ‘He tells of getting acclimated to Saudi Arabia and the life of an advisor.’
    • ‘Slow-to-warm-up children need time to acclimate to a new environment and time to watch others do activities first.’
    • ‘This questionnaire was administered during the second semester, in late March, so that the students would have had time to acclimate to the university culture.’
    • ‘Its soldiers and marines were better acclimated to the weather conditions in the Falklands as a result of their longer tenure in theater and from years of training in Norway.’
    • ‘Maybe you're a beginner who's just getting acclimated to the bodybuilding lifestyle, or maybe you've been training for a few years and feel you've reached your ultimate genetic potential.’
    • ‘Murphy agrees, adding that soy beverages might also help consumers become acclimated to extended shelf life products, an initiative considered key to milk's future.’
    • ‘Dana struggles valiantly for her survival upon her several returns to the past, but near the novel's end, she wonders whether or not she is becoming acclimated to submissiveness.’
    • ‘After their arrival in Colombia, the birds will spend two weeks in a holding facility to acclimate to their new surroundings before their release into a wilderness area 50 miles northeast of Bogota.’
    • ‘By this time, Sicilians were acclimated to the extent that they no longer felt threatened or intimidated by American schools.’
    • ‘Finally, I'm anxious to see Hideki Matsui now that he's had a full season to acclimate to major league baseball and the American culture.’
    • ‘Typically, it takes people from sea level five to seven days to acclimate to the elevation, said Dr. Chuck Fulco, the lead scientist on the Army's research team.’
    • ‘Gradually, as immigrants acclimated to the American milieu, in which others regarded them simply as Italians, and as they increasingly interacted with fellow immigrants, campanilismo gave way to a more national identity.’
    adjust, acclimatize, accommodate, attune, habituate, acculturate, conform
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    1. 1.1Biology Respond physiologically or behaviourally to a change in a single environmental factor.
      ‘trees may acclimate to high CO₂ levels by reducing the number of stomata’
      Compare with acclimatize
      • ‘As with the photosynthetic apparatus, stomata can acclimate to long-term variation in CO2 supply.’
      • ‘If the individual is unable to acclimate to the LPF, or move away from it, then symptoms of stress and eventually death will occur.’
      • ‘The capacity of an animal to acclimate to changes in environmental factors such as temperature may have potentially significant fitness consequences.’
      • ‘No information on the phenological plasticity of other benthic freshwater algae or on their capacity to acclimate to the naturally changing light environment is available.’
      • ‘Other studies also showed that photosynthesis of Arctic macrophytes has the potential to acclimate to UVBR.’
      • ‘Furthermore, nitrogen limitation has been shown to affect adversely the ability of non-leguminous plants to acclimate to periods of environmental stress.’
      • ‘Plants have evolved various protective mechanisms that allow them to acclimate to unfavourable environments for continued survival and growth.’
      • ‘Arabidopsis plants which lack functional photoreceptors are able to acclimate to a changed light intensity.’
      • ‘These factors allow the organism to propagate and acclimate to the host's internal environment.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, we hypothesize that that these mice do not physiologically acclimate to chronic heat exposure and instead, respond to heat stress behaviorally or by selecting favorable microclimates.’
      • ‘After you take a proper dosage for a certain length of time, your body will acclimate to it and you won't seem to get as hot, nor will you feel as revved up.’
      • ‘Several studies have indeed shown that plants acclimated to high light are less susceptible to a range of processes related to photoinhibition and photodamage.’
      • ‘P max can acclimate to several factors, which are, in approximate order of importance, light, nitrogen nutrition, ambient carbon dioxide concentration and temperature.’
      • ‘But your body seeks homeostasis, and when you continue to do the same thing for an extended period, your body will eventually acclimate to it.’
    2. 1.2Botany Horticulture with object Harden off (a plant).
      • ‘If you've gardened for more than a season or two you have almost certainly run into this concept, and learned that it is a straightforward process that gradually acclimates the seedling to life in the great outdoors.’
      adapt, adjust, acclimatize, attune, habituate, accommodate, assimilate, acculturate, inure, harden, condition, reconcile, become resigned, resign
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Origin

Late 18th century: from French acclimater, from a- (from Latin ad ‘to, at’) + climat ‘climate’.

Pronunciation

acclimate

/ˈaklɪmeɪt//əˈklʌɪmət/