accommodation

Accommodation is all about making room — it can mean a room or place where you will stay or an agreement about sharing something.

If the only accommodation at Grandma's is the bunk bed and you and your sis decide to take turns on the top, you've made an accommodation regarding your accommodations. When you are accommodating someone, you are making room for them or special circumstances for them. For example, the student with the broken hand was granted the accommodation of having a scribe write his answers for the test. Always remember that accommodation is an accommodating word — there's room inside for two m's and two c's.

Definitions of accommodation
  1. noun
    making or becoming suitable; adjusting to circumstances
    synonyms: adjustment, fitting
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    readjustment
    the act of adjusting again (to changed circumstances)
    domestication
    accommodation to domestic life
    habituation
    a general accommodation to unchanging environmental conditions
    shakedown
    initial adjustments to improve the functioning or the efficiency and to bring to a more satisfactory state
    type of:
    advance, betterment, improvement
    a change for the better; progress in development
  2. noun
    (physiology) the automatic adjustment in focal length of the natural lens of the eye
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    adjustment, alteration, modification
    the act of making something different (as e.g. the size of a garment)
  3. noun
    in the theories of Jean Piaget: the modification of internal representations in order to accommodate a changing knowledge of reality
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    developmental learning
    learning that takes place as a normal part of cognitive development
  4. noun
    the act of providing something (lodging or seat or food) to meet a need
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    service
    the performance of duties by a waiter or servant
    curb service
    service provided to customers who remain in their vehicles
    self-service
    the practice of serving yourself (as in a grocery or cafeteria)
    valet parking
    a service provided (at a club or restaurant or airport etc.) whereby a patron leaves a car at the entrance and an attendant parks and retrieves it
    type of:
    aid, assist, assistance, help
    the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose
  5. noun
    living quarters provided for public convenience
    “overnight accommodations are available”
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    cabin class, economy class, second class
    a class of accommodations on a ship or train or plane that are less expensive than first class accommodations
    first class
    the most expensive accommodations on a ship or train or plane
    lodging house, rooming house
    a house where rooms are rented
    stabling
    accommodation for animals (especially for horses)
    steerage
    the cheapest accommodations on a passenger ship
    third class, tourist class
    inexpensive accommodations on a ship or train
    dosshouse, flophouse
    a cheap lodging house
    type of:
    living quarters, quarters
    housing available for people to live in
  6. noun
    a settlement of differences
    “they reached an accommodation with Japan”
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    Missouri Compromise
    an agreement in 1820 between pro-slavery and anti-slavery factions in the United States concerning the extension of slavery into new territories
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    modus vivendi
    a temporary accommodation of a disagreement between parties pending a permanent settlement
    compromise
    an accommodation in which both sides make concessions
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    settlement
    a conclusive resolution of a matter and disposition of it
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