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accustomed

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adjective ac·cus·tomed \ə-ˈkəs-təmd\

Simple Definition of accustomed

  • : familiar with something so that it seems normal or usual

  • : usual or regular

Full Definition of accustomed

  1. 1 :  often used or practiced :  customary <her accustomed cheerfulness>

  2. 2 :  adapted to existing conditions <eyes accustomed to the dark>

  3. 3 :  being in the habit or custom <accustomed to winning>

ac·cus·tomed·nessplay \-təm(d)-nəs\ noun

Examples of accustomed

  1. She arrived early enough to get her accustomed seat in the front row.

  2. <Josh felt uncomfortably full, as he was not accustomed to eating so much.>



15th Century

First Known Use of accustomed

15th century

Synonym Discussion of accustomed

usual, customary, habitual, wonted, accustomed mean familiar through frequent or regular repetition. usual stresses the absence of strangeness or unexpectedness <my usual order for lunch>. customary applies to what accords with the practices, conventions, or usages of an individual or community <the customary waiting period before the application is approved>. habitual suggests a practice settled or established by much repetition <a habitual morning routine>. wonted stresses habituation but usually applies to what is favored, sought, or purposefully cultivated <his wonted determination>. accustomed is less emphatic than wonted or habitual in suggesting fixed habit or invariable custom <accepted the compliment with her accustomed modesty>.


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