1. The act of accommodating or the state of being accommodated; adjustment.
2. Something that meets a need; a convenience.
a. Room and board; lodgings.
b. A seat, compartment, or room on a public vehicle.
4. Reconciliation or settlement of opposing views.
5. Physiology The automatic adjustment in the focal length of the lens of the eye to permit retinal focus of images of objects at varying distances.
6. A financial favor, such as a loan.
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1. lodging or board and lodging
2. adjustment, as of differences or to new circumstances; adaptation, settlement, or reconciliation
3. something fulfilling a need, want, etc; convenience or facility
4. (Physiology) physiol the automatic or voluntary adjustment of the shape of the lens of the eye for far or near vision
5. willingness to help or oblige
6. (Banking & Finance) commerce a loan, usually made as an act of favour by a bank before formal credit arrangements are agreed
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(əˌkɒm əˈdeɪ ʃən)
1. the act of accommodating; the state or process of being accommodated; adaptation.
2. adjustment of differences; reconciliation.
3. a process of mutual adaptation between persons or social groups, usu. achieved by eliminating or reducing hostility.
4. anything that supplies a need, want, convenience, etc.
5. Usu., accommodations.
b. food and lodging.
c. a seat, berth, etc., on a train, plane, or other public vehicle.
6. readiness to aid others; obligingness.
7. a loan.
8. the automatic adjustment by which the eye adapts itself for distinct vision at different distances.
[1595–1605; < Latin]
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The adjustment in the focal length of the lens of the eye. Accommodation permits images at different distances to be focused on the retina.
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Accommodation is where you live or stay, especially when you are on holiday or when you are staying somewhere for a short amount of time. In British English, accommodation is an uncountable noun. Don’t talk about ‘accommodations’ or ‘an accommodation’.
There is plenty of student accommodation in Edinburgh.
We booked our flights and accommodation three months before our holiday.
Speakers of American English usually talk about accommodations.
The hotel provides cheap accommodations and good food.
Don’t talk about ‘an accommodation’ in either British English or American English. Don’t say, for example, ‘I’m looking for an accommodation near the city centre’. Say ‘I’m looking for accommodation near the city centre’ or in American English, ‘I’m looking for accommodations near the city centre’.
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The eye’s ability to change the convexity of its lens in order to focus on objects at different distances.
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