July 05, 2012
accommodate (verb)
\uh-KAH-muh-dayt\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : adapt2 : to bring into agreement3 : to do a favor for : oblige4 : to provide with something desired: as a : to provide with lodgings b : to make or have room for5 : to undergo visual accommodation
How do you use it?
The auditorium can accommodate about 500 people.
Are you a word wiz?

"Accommodate" traces to the Latin root "modus." What do you think "modus" means?

Today it's C that measures up. "Modus" is the root of the Latin word "commodus" meaning "suitable." Latin speakers used "commodus" to form "commodare" meaning "to make fit." They then used "commodare" to form "accommodare" meaning "to make suitable." English speakers eventually borrowed a form of "accommodare" to make "accommodate." We find the root "modus" in many English words including "modern," "modify," and "modicum" (which means "a small amount").
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