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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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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