ac·​cus·​tomed | \ ə-ˈkəs-təmd \

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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Other Words from accustomed

accustomedness \ -​təm(d)-​nəs \ 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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Earlier this fall, Ariana Grande rocked a blue-gray tone, which was a fierce departure from the chestnut brown fans are accustomed to seeing her in. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Showed Off Silver Hair and a White Manicure," 28 Nov. 2018 As for that whole handing-over-personal-data thing? Biometrics supporters point out that most consumers now freely share vast amounts of data online, and are accustomed to using biometric IDs to perform tasks like unlocking their phones. Barbara Peterson, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Future of Biometrics at the Airport," 20 Sep. 2018 Hokkaido is Japan's northern frontier and a major farming region with rugged mountain ranges and vast forests, and its people are accustomed to coping with long winters, isolation and other hardships. Fox News, "Japan quake toll up to 16 as rescuers dig through landslides," 6 Sep. 2018 Landesberg, so accustomed to focusing on her fitness, business, and routine, ran herself ragged. Katie Arnold, Outside Online, "How to Raise a Kid and a Business," 12 July 2018 In many ways, the internet has brought closer to home the abuse journalists were so long accustomed to. Anna Orso,, "Following Annapolis shooting, journalists contemplate angry readers, death threats and backlash," 29 June 2018 While the leaders jostled at the front throughout the race, the crowd's sentimental favorite was unable to move up to the front as fans here have grown so accustomed to seeing. Andrew Greif,, "Teenager's 'easy' win steals thunder from Chelimo, Cheserek in Prefontaine Classic 2-mile," 26 May 2018 But the press is so accustomed to focusing on Trump's river of words and tweets that the growing tensions with Moscow almost become a back story. Howard Kurtz, Fox News, "Trump blames media 'narrative' for the belief that he's soft on Russia," 20 Apr. 2018 Chinese leaders have grown accustomed to Mr. Trump’s distaste for multilateral gatherings and aren’t likely to be bothered by his absence at APEC, Chinese analysts said. Rachel Pannett, WSJ, "Trump Skips Asia Summits, Fueling Concerns on U.S. Commitment to Region," 14 Nov. 2018

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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

: usual or regular


ac·​cus·​tomed | \ ə-ˈkə-stəmd \

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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