accommodate

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.

Primary Meanings of accommodate

1.
v
have room for; hold without crowding
2.
v
provide with something desired or needed
3.
v
make (one thing) compatible with (another)
4.
v
be agreeable or acceptable to
Full Definitions of accommodate
1

v have room for; hold without crowding

“This hotel can accommodate 250 guests”
Synonyms:
admit, hold
contain, hold, take
be capable of holding or containing
Types:
sleep
be able to accommodate for sleeping
house
contain or cover
seat
be able to seat
2

v provide with something desired or needed

“Can you accommodate me with a rental car?”
Type of:
cater, ply, provide, supply
give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance

v provide a service or favor for someone

Synonyms:
oblige
Antonyms:
disoblige
ignore someone's wishes
Type of:
abide by, comply, follow
act in accordance with someone's rules, commands, or wishes

v provide housing for

Synonyms:
lodge
Types:
barrack
lodge in barracks
keep
supply with room and board
billet, canton, quarter
provide housing for (military personnel)
Type of:
domiciliate, house, put up
provide housing for
3

v make (one thing) compatible with (another)

“The scientists had to accommodate the new results with the existing theories”
Synonyms:
conciliate, reconcile
Type of:
harmonise, harmonize
bring (several things) into consonance or relate harmoniously

v make fit for, or change to suit a new purpose

Synonyms:
adapt
Types:
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adjust
make correspondent or conformable
gear, pitch
set the level or character of
fit
insert or adjust several objects or people
anglicise, anglicize
make English in appearance
shoehorn
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
Christianize
adapt in the name of Christianity
naturalise, naturalize
adopt to another place
electrify, wire
equip for use with electricity
transcribe
rewrite or arrange a piece of music for an instrument or medium other than that originally intended
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
4

v be agreeable or acceptable to

Synonyms:
fit, suit
Type of:
conform to, fit, meet
satisfy a condition or restriction

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