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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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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And audiences have grown accustomed to a high level of craft and polish, which makes them likely to stick around even when their favorite show finishes a season. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "AT&T plans to expand HBO, but could destroy it in the process," 11 July 2018 Trump's laser-focus on Germany has unsettled Berlin, which had grown accustomed to a strong relationship with then-president Obama. Michael Birnbaum, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump says Germany 'is captive to Russia' in fiery opening salvo against NATO," 11 July 2018 For five seasons, fans of Orange Is the New Black grew accustomed to life inside of the Litchfield Correctional Facility, much like the inmates themselves. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "The Inmates Are Out of Litchfield & All Maxed Out in New 'Orange Is the New Black' Season 6 Trailer: Watch," 9 July 2018 These comments will come as great relief to Liverpool fans who have grown accustomed to Mane's presence in the starting XI at Anfield., "Sadio Mane Insists That He is 'Focused' on Liverpool Amidst Rumours of Interest from Real Madrid," 8 July 2018 Two park regulars, Essence Franklin, 25, and fellow New York municipal employee Mary Van Noy, 34, have grown accustomed to the park’s public art installations. Maya Sweedler, WSJ, "Heavy Breathing in Manhattan Park Is Not What Anyone Thinks It Is," 2 July 2018 Salah’s 22nd-minute goal was a typical effort that his fans have grown accustomed to. Hamza Hendawi, The Seattle Times, "Salah scores again amid dispute with Egyptian federation," 25 June 2018 But having a hot-hitting Goldschmidt – that is, having the Goldschmidt the Diamondbacks had grown accustomed to having the past five years – changes everything about them. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Diamondbacks, Paul Goldschmidt rally past Rockies," 9 June 2018 And the outside linebackers must also grow accustomed to working in space, but the team remains encouraged after spring practice. Safid Deen,, "Georgia Tech has potential to surprise, is No. 89 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 30 May 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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