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

Most people on the standard American diet have acclimated their bodies to a life of burning sugar.
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Over the years, the dish has acclimated to American taste buds, and become sweeter.
‘The Search for General Tso’: The Origins of America’s Favorite Chinese Dish, General Tso’s Chicken Marlow Stern April 18, 2014

The Independent says Tebbutt is to begin interviews with Scotland Yard “once she has acclimated.”
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Historical Examples

After that his pains will subside, and a week will find him acclimated.
How to Travel Thomas W. Knox

They were born here and are acclimated to it—we are strangers and aren’t.
The Skylark of Space Edward Elmer Smith and Lee Hawkins Garby

We were not yet acclimated and suffered with colds for several weeks.
Sixty Years of California Song Margaret Blake-Alverson

They are acclimated, born and reared in the southern climate.
The American Missionary – Volume 52, No. 3, September, 1898 Various

Native of Australia acclimated in southern California and elsewhere throughout the world.
The Principal Species of Wood: Their Characteristic Properties Charles H. (Charles Henry) Snow

There were several rare plants, also, that they had acclimated.
A Little Girl in Old Quebec Amanda Millie Douglas

The fact that seeds can be acclimated, like men and animals, was still in the ether.
Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14) Elbert Hubbard


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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