acclimatize /əˈklʌɪmətʌɪz / acclimatise


I. verb [no obj.] (often acclimatize to or be/become acclimatized to)

1. become accustomed to a new climate or new conditions; adjust

it’s unknown whether people will acclimatize to increasingly warm weather.
[Biology] respond physiologically or behaviourally to changes in a complex of environmental factors.

Compare with acclimate.
3. [with obj.]
[Horticulture] harden off (a plant).
II. derivatives

acclimatization /əˌklʌɪmətʌɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n /

– origin mid 19th cent.: from French acclimater ‘acclimatize’ + -ize.

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