Definition of acclimatize in English:

acclimatize

(British acclimatise)

verb

[no object]often acclimatize to" or "be/become acclimatized to
  • 1Become accustomed to a new climate or new conditions; adjust.

    ‘it's unknown whether people will acclimatize to increasingly warm weather’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘To inculcate middle-class values and conduct into the rural poor and to acclimatize them to urban life, rules and expectations seems to take about that long once you get serious about it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Well-trained, acclimatized troops must be available to replace those at higher altitudes.’
    • ‘Having acclimatized to the less-than-welcoming conditions, the Royals moved on to the tactical phase of the training.’
    • ‘It would allow me to gain a greater understanding of popular culture and help me acclimatize to society.’
    • ‘We're taking another day here just to make sure we're acclimatized.’
    • ‘Athletes should be advised to acclimatize for at least three to four days before exerting in the heat.’
    • ‘Our second decade in America, during the nineties, saw us emerge gradually from the initial struggle to acclimatize ourselves and establish a secure financial footing without Gerard's film work as one of our main sources of income.’
    • ‘I did not acclimatise properly to the local conditions before the competition.’
    • ‘Although troops need to be acclimatized for any kind of mountainous terrain, the duration depends on the altitude at which the unit must operate.’
    • ‘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,’
    • ‘They will have to acclimatise to the weather conditions, especially in their training sessions.’
    • ‘That may suit an English team stronger in the one day game, giving them time to acclimatise to conditions and pitches.’
    • ‘Staff should be acclimatized and trained in new technologies and methodologies.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After a three-day, porter-assisted trek to the 9,000-foot base camp, you'll spend a day acclimatizing, and then launch a 4 a.m. assault on the craggy granite peak.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Prior to the 1996 Olympic Games, the Belarus team acclimatized themselves to the time zone by training in Roswell, Georgia.’
    • ‘The refined aesthete Barry Humphries has acclimatized himself to English society, but the monsters he gestates rampage on his behalf and terrorize the toffs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Cara might have been new to their world, but she was fairly good at acclimatizing herself.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You'll need to acclimatize yourself back to regular life again.’
    • ‘The soldiers, who had not been acclimatized or equipped to fight in the mountains, suffered heavy casualties because of frostbite, edema, and other high-altitude-induced illnesses.’
    • ‘She felt like she was acclimatizing, so to speak, to the life of a rock star.’
    • ‘Arriving in Tibet in late August, Koch and Chin acclimatized by climbing and skiing Changzheng, Everest's 24,890-foot neighbor.’
    • ‘Spend four days acclimatizing in Lhasa and continue across this amazing land. negotiating 17,000-foot passes through the ice-bound Himalayas.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Getting acclimatized to life in Glasgow was tough at first; even after all these years away he still gets lonely and homesick.’
    • ‘That is why they will spend twelve days there acclimatising to the difficult 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.’
    • ‘Having acclimatised to the new conditions, the next step is becoming involved more in community life in his new hometown.’
    • ‘In the opening stages the marines of 45 did well, completing their objectives and acclimatising to the local conditions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You may have to start acclimatizing them to that, though.’
    • ‘The coaches have kept the same training regime and Richardson expects the athletes will be acclimatised by the time they move from Erba to Milan.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Carlow skipper Rory Sheriff will have little difficulty in acclimatising having been in the Shannon second row with Mick Galwey when they won the AIL title.’
    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
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    1. 1.1Biology Respond physiologically or behaviourally to changes in a complex of environmental factors.
      Compare with acclimate
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This guard cell response to CO 2 acclimatizes to the environmental conditions on the transfer of plants between the two environments.’
      • ‘The first-order rate equation can be used under conditions where micro-organisms become acclimatized to the chemical and can actively use it.’
      • ‘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.’
      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
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    2. 1.2Horticulture Botany with object Harden off (a plant).
      • ‘Both exotic and indigenous species were acclimatised, and specialised sections, such as rosaries, ferneries, borders, and cactus gardens, developed.’
      • ‘In addition, the potted seedlings were acclimatized to a glasshouse conditions through gradual decrease of the humidity to 80%.’
      • ‘Six-week-old plants were acclimatized in the greenhouse.’
      • ‘Rooted plants with three or four fully expanded leaves were transferred to a peat substratum and acclimatized in a glasshouse.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

acclimatize

/əˈklʌɪmətʌɪz/