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From Latin accommodātiō (adjustment, accommodation, compliance), from accommodō (adapt, put in order). Compare French accommodation.


  • IPA: /əˌkɒməˈdeɪʃən/
    Rhymes: -eɪʃǝn




Accommodation ({{{1}}})

  1. (British) Lodging in a dwelling or similar living quarters afforded to travellers in hotels or on cruise ships, or prisoners, etc.
  2. The act of fitting or adapting, or the state of being fitted or adapted; adaptation; adjustment; -- followed by to
    The organization of the body with accommodation to its functions. - Sir Matthew Hale
  3. Willingness to accommodate; obligingness.
  4. Whatever supplies a want or affords ease, refreshment, or convenience; anything furnished which is desired or needful; -- often in the plural; as, the accommodations -- that is, lodgings and food -- at an inn - Sir W. Scott
  5. An adjustment of differences; state of agreement; reconciliation; settlement.
    To come to terms of accommodation. - Thomas Babington Macaulay
  6. 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. - William Paley
  7. (commerce) A loan of money
  8. (commerce) An accommodation bill or note.
  9. (law) an offer of substitute goods to fulfill a contract, which will bind the purchaser if accepted
  10. (eye) The adjustment of the eye to a change of the distance from an observed object.

Derived terms[]

The definitions should be entered into dedicated entries for the terms defined.
  • 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 m.

  1. accommodation

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