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noun     accommodation pronunciation in British English
  1. 1
    [uncountable] a place for someone to stay, live, or work in. The usual American word is accommodations

    The hotel provides accommodation for up to 100 people.

    1. a.
      a house, flat, or hotel room

      a lack of affordable rented accommodation

      Most of our accommodation is self-catering.

    2. b.
      an area or space where people can do a particular job or activity

      The call centre has accommodation for over 2,000 operators.

  2. 2
    [singular/uncountable] formal a change in behaviour or attitude that helps people work together or end a disagreement
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  3. 3
    [uncountable] medical the change in shape of the lens of the eye when you look at something nearer or further away


a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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