If you accommodate, you are making an adjustment to suit a particular purpose. If you accommodate your brother's demand for the attic room, then you give in and let him take over that space.

Accommodate entered English in the mid-16th century from the Latin word accommodat-, meaning "made fitting." Whether it refers to changing something to suit someone's wishes or providing someone with something he needs, accommodate typically involves making something fit. You might change your lunch plans, for example, to accommodate your best friend's schedule. Accommodate can also refer to providing housing or having enough space for something. You might need to open up the extra bedroom to accommodate your out-of-town guests.

Definitions of accommodate
  1. verb
    have room for; hold without crowding
    “This hotel can accommodate 250 guests”
    synonyms: admit, hold
    contain, hold, take
    be capable of holding or containing
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    be able to accommodate for sleeping
    contain or cover
    be able to seat
  2. verb
    provide with something desired or needed
    “Can you accommodate me with a rental car?”
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    cater, ply, provide, supply
    give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance
  3. verb
    provide a service or favor for someone
    synonyms: oblige
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    ignore someone's wishes
    type of:
    abide by, comply, follow
    act in accordance with someone's rules, commands, or wishes
  4. verb
    provide housing for
    synonyms: lodge
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    lodge in barracks
    supply with room and board
    billet, canton, quarter
    provide housing for (military personnel)
    type of:
    domiciliate, house, put up
    provide housing for
  5. verb
    make (one thing) compatible with (another)
    “The scientists had to accommodate the new results with the existing theories”
    synonyms: conciliate, reconcile
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    type of:
    harmonise, harmonize
    bring (several things) into consonance or relate harmoniously
  6. verb
    make fit for, or change to suit a new purpose
    synonyms: adapt
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    make correspondent or conformable
    gear, pitch
    set the level or character of
    insert or adjust several objects or people
    anglicise, anglicize
    make English in appearance
    fit for a specific purpose even when not well suited
    orient, tailor
    adjust to a specific need or market
    domesticate, tame
    make fit for cultivation, domestic life, and service to humans
    cultivate, domesticate, naturalise, naturalize, tame
    adapt (a wild plant or unclaimed land) to the environment
    Christianise, Christianize
    adapt in the name of Christianity
    naturalise, naturalize
    adopt to another place
    electrify, wire
    equip for use with electricity
    rewrite or arrange a piece of music for an instrument or medium other than that originally intended
    adapt for a new use or format
    popularise, popularize
    make understandable to the general public
    type of:
    alter, change, vary
    become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence
  7. verb
    be agreeable or acceptable to
    synonyms: fit, suit
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    type of:
    conform to, fit, meet
    satisfy a condition or restriction
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