Meaning of acclimate in English:


Pronunciation /ˈaklɪmeɪt/

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[no object]often acclimate to
  • 1mainly North American Acclimatize.

    ‘this should help new students acclimate to college life’
    • ‘it will take a few days to get acclimated to the altitude’
    • ‘I quickly became acclimated to a variety of cultures and people - which was wonderful because I've always loved learning about new cultures.’
    • ‘He tells of getting acclimated to Saudi Arabia and the life of an advisor.’
    • ‘‘The student-athlete is getting more time to get acclimated to the institution,’ says Steve Mallonee, the NCAA director of membership services and governance liaison.’
    • ‘He has not yet acclimated to when our days and nights are.’
    • ‘Gradually, as immigrants acclimated to the American milieu, in which others regarded them simply as Italians, and as they increasingly interacted with fellow immigrants, campanilismo gave way to a more national identity.’
    • ‘He sighed, ‘and it will give me more time to get acclimated to to the darkness.’’
    • ‘And WNY personnel at all communities are available to help residents get acclimated to their new surroundings, while finding all the local services and retail outlets they need.’
    • ‘Its soldiers and marines were better acclimated to the weather conditions in the Falklands as a result of their longer tenure in theater and from years of training in Norway.’
    • ‘More interesting, perhaps, is the possibility that the co-eds themselves are the disease, unable to acclimate to the rural environment they've invaded.’
    • ‘Slow-to-warm-up children need time to acclimate to a new environment and time to watch others do activities first.’
    • ‘You don't have to tell your body how to acclimate to new environments, it's wired into our systems.’
    • ‘Joe Policastro has found a pleasant way to acclimate to the Florida heat and humidity that are part of early season racing - he and his wife Pam spend the winter months in their Palm Beach home.’
    • ‘But to acclimate to life here, they often blend into the mainstream, becoming invisible.’
    • ‘But Bosnian Americans tend to live with extended family members, though this is likely to end as Bosnians acclimate to American culture and become more financially successful.’
    • ‘This questionnaire was administered during the second semester, in late March, so that the students would have had time to acclimate to the university culture.’
    • ‘Finally, I'm anxious to see Hideki Matsui now that he's had a full season to acclimate to major league baseball and the American culture.’
    • ‘After their arrival in Colombia, the birds will spend two weeks in a holding facility to acclimate to their new surroundings before their release into a wilderness area 50 miles northeast of Bogota.’
    • ‘Eventually the city kids settle into a comfortable routine that vacillates between mocking their counterparts and helping them acclimate to their new surroundings.’
    • ‘Typically, it takes people from sea level five to seven days to acclimate to the elevation, said Dr. Chuck Fulco, the lead scientist on the Army's research team.’
    • ‘It's important to try to help foreign students acclimate to American universities.’
    adjust, acclimatize, accommodate, attune, habituate, acculturate, conform
    1. 1.1 technical Respond physiologically or behaviourally to a change in an environmental factor under controlled conditions.
      Compare with acclimatize
      ‘Nevertheless, we hypothesize that that these mice do not physiologically acclimate to chronic heat exposure and instead, respond to heat stress behaviorally or by selecting favorable microclimates.’
      • ‘The capacity of an animal to acclimate to changes in environmental factors such as temperature may have potentially significant fitness consequences.’
      • ‘These factors allow the organism to propagate and acclimate to the host's internal environment.’
      • ‘P max can acclimate to several factors, which are, in approximate order of importance, light, nitrogen nutrition, ambient carbon dioxide concentration and temperature.’
      • ‘Furthermore, nitrogen limitation has been shown to affect adversely the ability of non-leguminous plants to acclimate to periods of environmental stress.’
      • ‘Plants have evolved various protective mechanisms that allow them to acclimate to unfavourable environments for continued survival and growth.’
      • ‘But your body seeks homeostasis, and when you continue to do the same thing for an extended period, your body will eventually acclimate to it.’
      • ‘If the individual is unable to acclimate to the LPF, or move away from it, then symptoms of stress and eventually death will occur.’
      • ‘After you take a proper dosage for a certain length of time, your body will acclimate to it and you won't seem to get as hot, nor will you feel as revved up.’
      • ‘Arabidopsis plants which lack functional photoreceptors are able to acclimate to a changed light intensity.’
      • ‘Other studies also showed that photosynthesis of Arctic macrophytes has the potential to acclimate to UVBR.’
      • ‘No information on the phenological plasticity of other benthic freshwater algae or on their capacity to acclimate to the naturally changing light environment is available.’
      • ‘As with the photosynthetic apparatus, stomata can acclimate to long-term variation in CO2 supply.’
      • ‘Several studies have indeed shown that plants acclimated to high light are less susceptible to a range of processes related to photoinhibition and photodamage.’
    2. 1.2Botany Horticulture with object Harden off (a plant).
      • ‘If you've gardened for more than a season or two you have almost certainly run into this concept, and learned that it is a straightforward process that gradually acclimates the seedling to life in the great outdoors.’
      adapt, adjust, acclimatize, attune, habituate, accommodate, assimilate, acculturate, inure, harden, condition, reconcile, become resigned, resign


Late 18th century from French acclimater, from a- (from Latin ad ‘to, at’) + climat ‘climate’.