accustom

verb ac·cus·tom \ ə-ˈkəs-təm \
Updated on: 23 Feb 2018

Definition of accustom

transitive verb
: to make familiar with something through use or experience

accustomation

play \-ˌkəs-tə-ˈmā-shən\ noun

Examples of accustom in a Sentence

  1. the task of accustoming new recruits to shipboard life

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Origin and Etymology of 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 1custom



ACCUSTOM Defined for English Language Learners

accustom

verb

Definition of accustom for English Language Learners

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


ACCUSTOM Defined for Kids

accustom

verb ac·cus·tom \ ə-ˈkə-stəm \

Definition of accustom for Students

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


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