ac·​cus·​tomed | \ ə-ˈkə-stəmd How to pronounce accustomed (audio) \

Definition of accustomed

1 : often used or practiced : customary her accustomed cheerfulness
2 : adapted to existing conditions eyes accustomed to the dark
3 : being in the habit or custom a team accustomed to winning

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accustomedness \ ə-​ˈkə-​stəm(d)-​nəs How to pronounce accustomedness (audio) \ noun

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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

Examples of accustomed in a Sentence

She arrived early enough to get her accustomed seat in the front row. Josh felt uncomfortably full, as he was not accustomed to eating so much.
Recent Examples on the Web Then came the pandemic, and the lifestyle to which the Bloomington man had become accustomed came crashing to a halt. Shari Rudavsky, The Indianapolis Star, "A retiree, a doctor, an IT worker: IU COVID-19 vaccine trial draws from many walks of life," 19 Nov. 2020 In another one of J.Lo's videos, Emme talks about how she's become accustomed to performing in front of crowds. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jennifer Lopez's Daughter Has Already Performed at the Super Bowl and Published Her Own Book," 15 Nov. 2020 Travis Mattison and his family have become accustomed to a steady rush of customers reserving one of their free-range turkeys in the weeks ahead of Thanksgiving. Lindsay Campbell, Smithsonian Magazine, "Turkey Farmers Scramble to Meet Need for Smaller Thanksgiving Birds," 9 Nov. 2020 While Americans have become accustomed to learning who would be their next president on election night, that would be far from unprecedented. Jerry Schwartz, Star Tribune, "2020 election: Unprecedented in some way, not in others," 29 Oct. 2020 Although many doctors and patients have become accustomed to using telehealth during the pandemic, there are certain appointments that should remain in-person, Kline said. Evan Macdonald, cleveland, "Ohio’s rising coronavirus cases suggest a fall surge is coming -- are Northeast Ohio hospitals ready?," 26 Oct. 2020 Kevin Steele defense Auburn has become accustomed to in recent years, but there has been a lot to like about what the Tigers have been able to do on that side of the ball this season -- especially given some of the offense’s struggles. Tom Green |, al, "Statistically speaking: Where Auburn’s defense stands to improve midway through season," 26 Oct. 2020 Investors have become accustomed to the specter of government action. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Google Is the Only Big Tech Priced for Trouble," 20 Oct. 2020 Like Sabrina Javellana, Megan Green, who sits on the St. Louis Board of Aldermen, has become accustomed to death threats. Sam Adler-bell, The New Republic, "How Police Unions Bully Politicians," 20 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of accustomed

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for accustomed

Middle English acustumed "customary, used (to)," from past participle of acustomen "to accustom"

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The first known use of accustomed was in the 15th century

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25 Nov 2020

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“Accustomed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of accustomed

: familiar with something so that it seems normal or usual
formal : usual or regular


ac·​cus·​tomed | \ ə-ˈkə-stəmd How to pronounce accustomed (audio) \

Kids Definition of accustomed

1 : customary sense 2, usual their accustomed lunch hour
2 : familiar with After years of sailing, he was accustomed to rough waves.

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