ac·cus·tom | \ə-ˈkəs-təm \
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 \ noun

Examples of accustom in a Sentence

the task of accustoming new recruits to shipboard life

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The jeweled hands that were once accustomed to constant stitching are now bare, and the scars are hidden under every wrinkle. Ron Lieber, New York Times, "5 High Schoolers and Their College Application Essays About Work, Money and Social Class," 11 May 2018 They were accustomed to parts of the cave; some had visited several times before. Phred Dvorak, WSJ, "Rescuers Rush to Stay Ahead of Rain in Push to Get Thai Soccer Team Out of Cave," 5 July 2018 Growing up in an immigrant family, Hernandez said, accustomed her to uncertainty. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "She stayed in Charlotte after her mom was deported. Her future is 'up in the air.' | Charlotte Observer," 23 May 2018 My biggest gripe was that the video quality suffered from some pixilation; the crispness didn’t quite measure up to what I am accustomed from a high-definition television or in person. Ben Golliver,, "Putting the NBA in Virtual Reality to the Test," 20 Apr. 2018 In the championship finale, the entire Cubs team played stellar defense against a high-powered Astros team that was accustomed to putting up big offensive numbers. Emmett Hall,, "Cooper City Optimist Cubs claw their way to a perfect season," 8 July 2018 But the Thai frogmen were accustomed to tropical open water, not the gloomy, cold currents racing through the cave. Hannah Beech, Richard C. Paddock And Muktita Suhartono, New York Times, "‘Still Can’t Believe It Worked’: The Story of the Thailand Cave Rescue," 12 July 2018 Because they are accustomed now to winning these victories on social policies and other issues by judicial fiat. Fox News, "Leonard Leo on why Trump appointed Judge Kavanaugh," 10 July 2018 The parents were accustomed to communication difficulties with their daughter. Jay Mathews, Washington Post, "Their daughter wasn’t graduating. Why didn’t they know till graduation day?," 1 July 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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Phrases Related to accustom

accustom oneself to

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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 \
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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