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Old 08-15-2003, 10:14 AM
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Acclimate vs. acclimatize

In his book on Mount Everest, Jon Krakauer repeatedly uses the word "acclimatize."

Is there any meaningful difference between this and "acclimate"?
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Old 08-15-2003, 10:58 AM
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they are synonymous, according to merriam webster..
http://m-w.com
Over this side of the atlantic, we would usually use acclimatise, with an 's' of course. I wasn't familiar with the word acclimate until now.
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Old 08-15-2003, 12:44 PM
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Some folks prefer to use "acclimate" for what happens under laboratory conditions, while "acclimatize" is used for natural conditions. I have no idea how widespread this distinction might be, though.
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