acclimate /ˈaklɪmeɪt, əˈklʌɪmət/

a

I. verb [no obj.] (often acclimate to)

1.
(chiefly N. Amer.) acclimatize

helping freshmen to acclimate to college life.
2.
(chiefly N. Amer.)
[Biology] respond physiologically or behaviourally to a change in a single environmental factor.

trees may acclimate to high CO2 levels by reducing the number of stomata.
Compare with acclimatize.
3. [with obj.]
(chiefly N. Amer.)
[Botany]
[Horticulture] harden off (a plant).
II. derivatives

acclimation /akləˈmeɪʃ(ə)n /
noun


– origin late 18th cent.: from French acclimater, from a- (from Latin ad ‘to, at’) + climat ‘climate’.

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