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Definitions for acclimate
ˈæk ləˌmeɪt, əˈklaɪ mɪtac·cli·mate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. acclimatize, acclimatise, acclimateverb

    get used to a certain climate

    "They never acclimatized in Egypt"


  1. acclimateverb

    To habituate to a climate not native; to acclimatize.

  2. acclimateverb

    To adjust to a new environment; not necessarily a wild, natural, earthy one.

  3. acclimateverb

    To become accustomed to a new climate or environment.

  4. Etymology: * First attested in 1792.


  1. acclimate

    Acclimatization or acclimatisation (also called acclimation or acclimatation) is the process in which an individual organism adjusts to a change in its environment (such as a change in altitude, temperature, humidity, photoperiod, or pH), allowing it to maintain fitness across a range of environmental conditions. Acclimatization occurs in a short period of time (hours to weeks), and within the organism's lifetime (compared to adaptation, which is evolution, taking place over many generations). This may be a discrete occurrence (for example, when mountaineers acclimate to high altitude over hours or days) or may instead represent part of a periodic cycle, such as a mammal shedding heavy winter fur in favor of a lighter summer coat. Organisms can adjust their morphological, behavioral, physical, and/or biochemical traits in response to changes in their environment. While the capacity to acclimate to novel environments has been well documented in thousands of species, researchers still know very little about how and why organisms acclimate the way that they do.


  1. acclimate

    To acclimate means to become accustomed to a new environment, climate, conditions or situation, typically by gradually adjusting oneself. This adjustment often includes physical or behavioral changes that occur over time.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Acclimateverb

    to habituate to a climate not native; to acclimatize

  2. Etymology: [F. acclimater; (l. ad) + climat climate. See Climate.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of acclimate in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of acclimate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of acclimate in a Sentence

  1. Hassan Karim:

    Being under lockdown feels like Adam Coogle're always on edge, because we're used to going out and seeing people, our morale is a bit low, but we have to acclimate until the situation gets better.

  2. Danny Green:

    We want him back. We want him with us, when he’s in the building, we’ll acclimate him appropriately. We just want everybody to come here, show up and do their part, do their jobs.

  3. Dale Carmen:

    You know, people take it off and then you have to re-acclimate to the real world.

  4. Dale Carmen:

    I want people to really feel transported, I want to achieve this sort of ‘holy grail’ idea that I have a virtual reality that can create a presence, the sense that you are somewhere— that you’re in an actual place, you know, people take it off and then you have to re-acclimate to the real world.

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