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wont

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adjective \ˈwȯnt, ˈwōnt also ˈwənt, ˈwänt\

Simple Definition of wont

  • : likely to do something : having a tendency to do something

Full Definition of wont

  1. 1 :  accustomed, used <got up early as he is wont to do>

  2. 2 :  inclined, apt <revealing as letters are wont to be — Gladys M. Wrigley>

Examples of wont

  1. <she paced about the room, as she is wont to do whenever she is agitated>



Origin of wont

Middle English woned, wont, from past participle of wonen to dwell, be used to, from Old English wunian; akin to Old High German wonēn to dwell, be used to, Sanskrit vanoti he strives for — more at win


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with wont


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wont

verb

Definition of wont

wontwont or wont·edwont·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  accustom, habituate

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to have the habit of doing something



15th Century

First Known Use of wont

15th century


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wont

noun

Simple Definition of wont

  • : a usual habit or way of behaving

Full Definition of wont

  1. :  habitual way of doing :  use

Examples of wont

  1. <he got up early, as is his wont>



1530

First Known Use of wont

1530

Synonym Discussion of wont

habit, practice, usage, custom, wont mean a way of acting fixed through repetition. habit implies a doing unconsciously and often compulsively <had a habit of tapping his fingers>. practice suggests an act or method followed with regularity and usually through choice <our practice is to honor all major credit cards>. usage suggests a customary action so generally followed that it has become a social norm <western-style dress is now common usage in international business>. custom applies to a practice or usage so steadily associated with an individual or group as to have almost the force of unwritten law <the custom of wearing black at funerals>. wont usually applies to an habitual manner, method, or practice of an individual or group <as was her wont, she slept until noon>.



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