ac·​cus·​tom | \ ə-ˈkəs-təm How to pronounce accustom (audio) \
accustomed; accustoming; accustoms

Definition of accustom

transitive verb

: to make familiar with something through use or experience

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accustomation \ -​ˌkəs-​tə-​ˈmā-​shən How to pronounce accustomation (audio) \ noun

Examples of accustom in a Sentence

the task of accustoming new recruits to shipboard life

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Brazil might be the worst favorite in the world, accustomed to being expected to win and accustomed also to failing to live up to those expectations. Jonathan Wilson,, "Brazil Shows Character, Quality in Winning Copa America, Restoring Faith," 7 July 2019 The first response, for an American accustomed to more puritanical forms of worship, is bemusement at the Pop Art look of all the neatly severed and articulated stamped metal votives. Adam Gopnik, Town & Country, "My First Visit to the Greek Islands Turned Out to Be a Journey Home," 20 May 2019 These cup holders seem to be a different spot than fans might be accustomed to seeing at a stadium. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Here’s a look at the new seats in upper deck at Arrowhead Stadium," 4 June 2019 The main difference: The entire family — Jessa and Ben, included — is getting accustom to how tiny Ivy is. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "See the First Photos of 'Counting On' Stars Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald's New Baby," 29 May 2019 When Parks first arrived, Stryker insisted he spend a few days roaming around Washington without his camera to accustom himself to life in a segregated city. William Meyers, WSJ, "‘Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work 1940-1950’ Review: Young Talent in Black and White," 5 Dec. 2018 Apple, Google and Microsoft are each aiming to accustom schoolchildren to their operating systems to win the next generation as lifelong customers. Jack Nicas And Natasha Singer, New York Times, "Apple Unveils New iPad to Catch Google in the Classroom," 27 Mar. 2018 By that time, my children were accustomed to the routine of changing houses. Tara Conklin, Vogue, "After Divorce, Floating Another Chance at Love," 6 Feb. 2019 That was the year Mr. Xi also promised not to militarize artificial islands in the South China Sea, but Beijing became accustomed in the Obama years to running roughshod over toothless agreements. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "China’s Hacking State," 20 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of accustom

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for accustom

Middle English acustomen "to habituate (reflexive or intransitive)," borrowed from Anglo-French acustumer, acostumer, from a-, prefix forming transitive verbs (going back to Latin ad- ad-) + -customer, costomer, verbal derivative of custume custom entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of accustom

: to cause (someone) to become adjusted to or familiar with something


ac·​cus·​tom | \ ə-ˈkə-stəm How to pronounce accustom (audio) \
accustomed; accustoming

Kids Definition of accustom

: to cause (someone) to get used to something I accustomed my dog to a leash.

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