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From French accommodation from Latin accommodātiō (adjustment, accommodation, compliance), from accommodō (adapt, put in order). Superficially accommodate +‎ -tion. The sense of "lodging" was first attested in 1600.



accommodation (countable and uncountable, plural accommodations)

  1. (chiefly Britain, usually a mass noun) Lodging in a dwelling or similar living quarters afforded to travellers in hotels or on cruise ships, or prisoners, etc.
  2. (physical) Adaptation or adjustment.
    1. (countable, uncountable, followed by to) The act of fitting or adapting, or the state of being fitted or adapted; adaptation; adjustment.
      • (Can we date this quote?), Sir Matthew Hale (1609-1676)
        The organization of the body with accommodation to its functions.
    2. (countable, uncountable) A convenience, a fitting, something satisfying a need.
      • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 10, in The Celebrity:
        Mr. Cooke had had a sloop yacht built at Far Harbor, the completion of which had been delayed, and which was but just delivered. […] The Maria had a cabin, which was finished in hard wood and yellow plush, and accommodations for keeping things cold.
    3. (countable, physiology, biology) The adaptation or adjustment of an organism, organ, or part.
    4. (countable, medicine) The adjustment of the eye to a change of the distance from an observed object.
  3. (personal) Adaptation or adjustment.
    1. (countable, uncountable) Willingness to accommodate; obligingness.
    2. (countable, uncountable) Adjustment of differences; state of agreement; reconciliation; settlement; compromise.
    3. (countable) The application of a writer's language, on the ground of analogy, to something not originally referred to or intended.
      Many of those quotations from the Old Testament were probably intended as nothing more than accommodations.
    4. (countable, commerce) A loan of money.
    5. (countable, commerce) An accommodation bill or note.
    6. (countable, law) An offer of substitute goods to fulfill a contract, which will bind the purchaser if accepted.
  4. (countable, geology) The place where sediments can make, or have made, a sedimentation.
  5. (linguistics, sociolinguistics) Modifications to make one's way of speaking similar to others involved in a conversation or discourse.

Derived termsEdit

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  • accommodation bill, or note, (Commerce): a bill of exchange which a person accepts, or a note which a person makes and delivers to another, not upon a consideration received, but for the purpose of raising money on credit
  • accommodation coach, or train: one running at moderate speed and stopping at all or nearly all stations
  • accommodation ladder, (Nautical): a light ladder hung over the side of a ship at the gangway, useful in ascending from, or descending to, small boats
  • holiday accommodation


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accommodation f (plural accommodations)

  1. accommodation

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