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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Work said this challenges American service members, who have become accustomed to having better technologies than adversaries. Paul Sonne, Washington Post, "U.S. military risks falling victim to China’s effort to gain technology edge, report warns," 7 June 2019 With the growth of the global economy, Americans have become accustomed to reports of worker and environmental exploitation in faraway places. Peter Whoriskey, Anchorage Daily News, "Much of the chocolate you buy starts with child labor," 6 June 2019 Their decision not to pose with their newborn for a large-scale photo call put them on the receiving end of criticism from sections of the media who had become accustomed to having access to such moments in royal life. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "How Meghan Markle Is Making the Role of Duchess Her Own," 19 May 2019 While Americans may be accustomed to preparing our own tax returns (and paying for the privilege), the governments of countries like Norway and Finland prepare tax returns for their citizens. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Politicians and Tax Prep Companies Are Teaming Up to Make Sure Filing Stays an Expensive Nightmare," 9 Apr. 2019 Reading a book or using a mediation app for just five minutes to start are easy ways to get accustomed to a nighttime routine. Jamie Lisanti,, "Six Methods Athletes Use to Get Better Sleep and Power Performance," 8 June 2018 If yesterday’s ruling class clutched its pearls at the sight of outcasts hobnobbing in their favorite spots, today’s has become accustomed to a crew of villains who might as well have strutted straight from perp walk to Per Se. Horacio Silva, Town & Country, "What to Do When You Find Yourself at Dinner With a Social Pariah," 15 May 2019 Since the release of her 2017 EP Rina, Sawayama has become accustomed to playing packed venues. Hanna Hanra, Vogue, "Model-Musician Rina Sawayama Is a Star On the Rise," 12 Apr. 2019 The whole saga may seem a little strange to people accustomed to strikes in other places. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "West Virginia Teachers’ Strike Continues As State Senate Drags Feet On Deal," 3 Mar. 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
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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