ac·​cus·​tomed | \ ə-ˈkəs-təmd 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 \ -​təm(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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For Williams, though, shaking off judgement is something she's grown accustomed to. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "Serena Williams Opens Up About Her 'Wild' Daughter Olympia and Dealing With Mommy Shamers," 3 Apr. 2019 This upset Japanese firms, which were not accustomed to dealing with uppity young academics. Takashi Mochizuki, WSJ, "Junichi Nishizawa, Japan’s ‘Mr. Semiconductor,’ Rivaled U.S. Scientists," 2 Nov. 2018 Instead, the Phillies used Williams as a pinch-hitter, a role that the 24-year-old was not accustomed to during his time in the minors. Scott Lauber,, "Nick Williams thriving in everyday role for Phillies after biding his time on bench," 9 July 2018 But Crimea was not accustomed to fielding eight professional teams. Jeré Longman, New York Times, "Stuck in Soccer Limbo, in the Shadow of the World Cup," 2 July 2018 For people who aren’t accustomed to cooking the critters, an easier route may be to make iguana tacos or burritos. Ellie Rushing,, "How to cook iguana burritos," 29 June 2018 Americans are not accustomed to dubbing (outside of 1970s Bruce Lee films). The Economist, "Netflix is moving television beyond time-slots and national markets," 28 June 2018 For women who aren’t accustomed to wearing fine jewelry on the regular (which, let’s be honest, is most of us), rocking a pricey diamond for the first time is a bit like babysitting a newborn. Vogue, "8 Tips for Engagement Ring Care," 13 June 2018 After five years of war, including German attacks on Sheffield’s steel and armaments plants, the boys were accustomed to hearing planes. Danica Kirka, The Seattle Times, "Flypast honors US bomber crew who died saving British kids," 19 Feb. 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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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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