ac·​cus·​tomed ə-ˈkə-stəmd How to pronounce accustomed (audio)
: often used or practiced : customary
her accustomed cheerfulness
: adapted to existing conditions
eyes accustomed to the dark
: being in the habit or custom
a team accustomed to winning
accustomedness noun
Choose the Right Synonym for accustomed

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.
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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

Dictionary Entries Near accustomed

Cite this Entry

“Accustomed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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ac·​cus·​tomed ə-ˈkəs-təmd How to pronounce accustomed (audio)
: customary
my accustomed lunch hour
: familiar with
: being in the habit or custom
accustomed to making decisions

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