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

Synonyms & Antonyms for accustomed


given, habituated, used, wont


unaccustomed, unused, unwonted

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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.

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Perhaps that is because Frappart has become accustomed to making history. Amanda Davies, CNN, "Stephanie Frappart: 'I didn't think about breaking barriers or making history, only doing my job'," 6 Sep. 2019 One by one, prominent scientists and thinkers more accustomed to being celebrated for their world-changing ideas and research answered awkward questions about their connections to Epstein. Washington Post, "Jeffrey Epstein, the academy and questions about male dominance in science," 17 Sep. 2019 Accommodating his Columbus life is something Fox is accustomed to -- few studio analysts live in L.A. The studio show will also go on the road at times. Doug Lesmerises,, "Will Urban Meyer make Fox Sports his last stop, and will he interview Jim Harbaugh?," 13 Sep. 2019 Becoming accustomed to Midwest social behavior was an even bigger culture shock. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Repertory Theater's 'West Side Story' spotlights Puerto Rican culture," 12 Sep. 2019 And my palate, accustomed to cafeteria sugar cookies and ice cream social sundaes, thought that mooncakes were never sweet enough. Grace Wong,, "How mooncakes, the ultimate fall pastry, helped me celebrate my Chinese heritage — and where to find them in Chicago," 9 Sep. 2019 The four-time Pro Bowler enters his ninth NFL season accustomed to change. Kyle Fredrickson, The Denver Post, "Vic Fangio’s “Death by Inches” more than a catchphrase for Broncos," 5 Sep. 2019 The idea, de Cubas said, was to get Barrios (24-0, 16 KOs) accustomed to fighting on the big stage as early as possible. John Whisler,, "Fighting on road nothing new for Mario Barrios," 29 Aug. 2019 The plan, according to environmental program manager Bob Stafford of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, is to get Hillary accustomed to the pen by stocking it with hay, food pellets and apples. Steve Rubenstein,, "Plans are in the works to rescue Hillary, donkey stuck on an island in Mariposa County," 16 Aug. 2019

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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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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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