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to accustom or become accustomed to a new or environment; adapt.
Contemporary Examples

They do not acclimate as well to high temperatures, sweat less, and produce more body heat than adults.
A Lesson From LeBron James’ Game One Nightmare Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD, Tej Azad June 6, 2014

You have to acclimate and accept your situation and not resist.
The Innocence Penalty Megan McArdle January 22, 2013

Historical Examples

It may take a year or two to acclimate them to this more equable and more refreshing temperature.
Our Italy Charles Dudley Warner

A variation of it was given you to acclimate you to Earth’s gravity and atmosphere.
Star Performer Robert J. Shea

They had learned to appreciate their skill in the arts, and resolved to acclimate those arts at home.
Ocean’s Story; or Triumphs of Thirty Centuries Edward Rowland

Persistent efforts have been made to acclimate both Heather and Gorse in America.
Old-Time Gardens Alice Morse Earle

Well, Sir, these races dying out, the white man has to acclimate himself.
The Professor at the Breakfast Table Oliver Wendell Holmes (Sr.)


1792, from French acclimater, verb formed from à “to” (see ad-) + climat (see climate). Related: Acclimated; acclimating. The extended form acclimatize is now more common.


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