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.

Primary Meanings of accommodation

making or becoming suitable; adjusting to circumstances
the act of providing something (lodging or seat or food) to meet a need
a settlement of differences
Full Definitions of accommodation

n making or becoming suitable; adjusting to circumstances

adjustment, fitting
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the act of adjusting again (to changed circumstances)
accommodation to domestic life
a general accommodation to unchanging environmental conditions
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

n (physiology) the automatic adjustment in focal length of the natural lens of the eye

Type of:
adjustment, alteration, modification
the act of making something different (as e.g. the size of a garment)

n in the theories of Jean Piaget: the modification of internal representations in order to accommodate a changing knowledge of reality

Type of:
developmental learning
learning that takes place as a normal part of cognitive development

n the act of providing something (lodging or seat or food) to meet a need

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the performance of duties by a waiter or servant
curb service
service provided to customers who remain in their vehicles
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
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aid, assist, assistance, help
the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose

n 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
accommodation for animals (especially for horses)
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

n a settlement of differences

“they reached an accommodation with Japan”
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
modus vivendi
a temporary accommodation of a disagreement between parties pending a permanent settlement
an accommodation in which both sides make concessions
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a conclusive resolution of a matter and disposition of it

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