Definition of acclimatize in English:

acclimatize

(also acclimatise)

verb

[NO OBJECT]often acclimatize to" or "be/become acclimatized to
  • 1 Become accustomed to a new climate or new conditions; adjust:

    ‘it's unknown whether people will acclimatize to increasingly warm weather’
    • ‘Having acclimatised to the new conditions, the next step is becoming involved more in community life in his new hometown.’
    • ‘The painting, which dates from 1896, was placed in storage for 24 hours after it arrived from the National Gallery in London on Monday to acclimatise to the freezing conditions which have swept across the region.’
    • ‘In the opening stages the marines of 45 did well, completing their objectives and acclimatising to the local conditions.’
    • ‘I did not acclimatise properly to the local conditions before the competition.’
    • ‘Yorkshire is on course to play host to more than 2,000 Olympic athletes ahead of the 2012 games to allow the sportsmen and women acclimatise to conditions in Britain.’
    • ‘They will have to acclimatise to the weather conditions, especially in their training sessions.’
    • ‘As the temperatures reached 42C in Sydney last week, the brave boys were going through their drills plastered in sun-block and sporting sun-hats as they tried to acclimatise to the conditions.’
    • ‘Getting acclimatized to life in Glasgow was tough at first; even after all these years away he still gets lonely and homesick.’
    • ‘While many of the athletes would be housed at the Olympic Village, the National Sports Centre at Crystal Palace or the proposed Arena could be used as sites to help competing teams acclimatise to British conditions.’
    • ‘Jim officially retired from PWC last week but he'll spend two or three more weeks at the office to help his successor get acclimatized to the country.’
    • ‘New Mexico natives Shenoah Allen and Mark Chavez will probably become acclimatized to the Canadian winter, but they're not likely to slow down any time soon.’
    • ‘They also spent three days on a training camp in Buxton to prepare for the trip because they will need to acclimatise to conditions in Malawi and walk for many miles,’
    • ‘That may suit an English team stronger in the one day game, giving them time to acclimatise to conditions and pitches.’
    • ‘Having finished second and fourth in the first two races, she soon acclimatised to the cooler conditions of England by beating Lizzie Vickers by four points overall.’
    • ‘Before then Michael will be at Bedford Autodrome for a Nissan / Autocar driving day, then training in Spain to get his body acclimatized to the heat, ready for Dubai at the end of the year.’
    • ‘That is why they will spend twelve days there acclimatising to the difficult conditions.’
    • ‘Having acclimatized to the less-than-welcoming conditions, the Royals moved on to the tactical phase of the training.’
    • ‘There appeared little for Yorkshire to fear, however, as Lehmann acclimatised to English conditions with two sixes and two fours but when he went the collapse left Yorkshire ruing their errors.’
    • ‘The timing of these tours of Zimbabwe and South Africa could not have been more opportune and is an ideal chance to get acclimatized to the conditions.’
    • ‘With the elements playing havoc with both side's kicking from hand, it was the visitors who initially acclimatised to the conditions and continued to enjoy the majority of possession.’
    adjust, adapt, attune, accustom, get accustomed, get someone accustomed, get used, get someone used, accommodate, habituate, assimilate, acculturate, become inured, harden, condition, reconcile, become resigned, resign oneself
    familiarize oneself with, familiarize someone with, find one's way around, come to terms with, come to accept, learn to live with
    integrate, domesticate
    find one's feet, get one's bearings, become naturalized, become seasoned
    acclimate
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    1. 1.1Biology Respond physiologically or behaviourally to changes in a complex of environmental factors.
      Compare with acclimate
      • ‘The first-order rate equation can be used under conditions where micro-organisms become acclimatized to the chemical and can actively use it.’
      • ‘This guard cell response to CO 2 acclimatizes to the environmental conditions on the transfer of plants between the two environments.’
      • ‘Differences between baseline and follow-up measurements could be, in part, due to the fact that the patients may have acclimatized to the conditions surrounding the test during the follow-up visits.’
      • ‘B. napus inflorescences were unable to acclimatize to the increased temperatures as seed production was inhibited throughout the HTS periods, regardless of the duration of the stress.’
      • ‘Several new studies point to evidence that some organisms with limited capacities to acclimatize to thermal or hydric change may be limited in their ability to survive future climate changes.’
      adjust, adapt, attune, accustom, get accustomed, get someone accustomed, get used, get someone used, accommodate, habituate, assimilate, acculturate, become inured, harden, condition, reconcile, become resigned, resign oneself
      familiarize oneself with, familiarize someone with, find one's way around, come to terms with, come to accept, learn to live with
      integrate, domesticate
      find one's feet, get one's bearings, become naturalized, become seasoned
      acclimate
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    2. 1.2Botany Horticulture [with object] Harden off (a plant).
      • ‘Rooted plants with three or four fully expanded leaves were transferred to a peat substratum and acclimatized in a glasshouse.’
      • ‘Both exotic and indigenous species were acclimatised, and specialised sections, such as rosaries, ferneries, borders, and cactus gardens, developed.’
      • ‘Six-week-old plants were acclimatized in the greenhouse.’
      • ‘In addition, the potted seedlings were acclimatized to a glasshouse conditions through gradual decrease of the humidity to 80%.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from French acclimater acclimatize + -ize.

Pronunciation:

acclimatize

/əˈklʌɪmətʌɪz/