Definition of acclimate in English:



[NO OBJECT]North american
  • 1 Become accustomed to a new climate or to new conditions.

    ‘it will take a few days to get acclimated to the altitude’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 just a matter of Wallace getting acclimated to DEI's program.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘By this time, Sicilians were acclimated to the extent that they no longer felt threatened or intimidated by American schools.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘New Zealand-bred Bocelli, who will represent Singapore in the Hong Kong Cup on December 16 is getting acclimated to the Sha Tin racecourse.’
    • ‘The brash but explosive back made life much easier for QB Jake Plummer, who acclimated to the Broncos' system in swift fashion.’
    • ‘Ryley didn't think too much of it, attributing the changes to the fact that he was becoming acclimated to his new surroundings.’
    • ‘I think his knee had to get acclimated to a heavier workload, but I see him making progress with it.’
    adjust, acclimatize, accommodate, attune, habituate, acculturate, conform
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    1. 1.1Biology
      Respond physiologically or behaviorally to a change in a single environmental factor.
      ‘trees may acclimate to high CO₂ levels by reducing the number of stomata’
      Compare with acclimatize
      • ‘Other studies also showed that photosynthesis of Arctic macrophytes has the potential to acclimate to UVBR.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Arabidopsis plants which lack functional photoreceptors are able to acclimate to a changed light intensity.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The capacity of an animal to acclimate to changes in environmental factors such as temperature may have potentially significant fitness consequences.’
      • ‘As with the photosynthetic apparatus, stomata can acclimate to long-term variation in CO2 supply.’
      • ‘Plants have evolved various protective mechanisms that allow them to acclimate to unfavourable environments for continued survival and growth.’
      • ‘If the individual is unable to acclimate to the LPF, or move away from it, then symptoms of stress and eventually death will occur.’
      • ‘Furthermore, nitrogen limitation has been shown to affect adversely the ability of non-leguminous plants to acclimate to periods of environmental stress.’
      • ‘These factors allow the organism to propagate and acclimate to the host's internal environment.’
      • ‘P max can acclimate to several factors, which are, in approximate order of importance, light, nitrogen nutrition, ambient carbon dioxide concentration and temperature.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Several studies have indeed shown that plants acclimated to high light are less susceptible to a range of processes related to photoinhibition and photodamage.’
    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.’


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