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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The restaurant had just closed for the evening, and the iconic chandeliers cast an unfamiliar brightness onto an interior more accustomed to the warm romantic flicker of candlelight. Vogue, "How St. Louis Restaurateur Zoë Robinson Has Stayed Front and Center in the Midwest Culinary Scene," 1 Nov. 2018 As times went on, some people became more accustomed to Mac. Andrew J. Campa,, "Computer choice part of GCC negotiations," 3 July 2018 The Asian mobile market is far more accustomed to microtransactions and paying for in-app purchases on mobile. Nick Statt, The Verge, "PUBG is copying Fortnite’s smartest feature with its new seasonal Event Pass," 20 June 2018 After more than 16 months in office, despite the media's hair-on-fire approach, the country is growing more accustomed to his reality-show style. Howard Kurtz, Fox News, "A Trump jump in the polls despite the media's gloom-and-doom portrayal," 8 June 2018 As co-editors of the Current, the school newspaper at Watkins Mill High in Gaithersburg, Md., the two are more accustomed to writing about the 21st century than the 18th and 19th. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Naming rights — and wrongs: Montgomery students reveal uncomfortable truths," 21 May 2018 Remember: Be sure to find an employee-side lawyer, as opposed to one who’s more accustomed to representing companies., "Bloomberg," 1 May 2018 Grimes said arena officials expect to screen about 500 to 550 per hour through a detector and eventually accelerate that to as many as 750 per hour per detector once event-goers become more accustomed to the extra security. Carol Robinson,, "Security guard charged with attempted murder in Homewood Walmart shooting," 18 Apr. 2018 McIlroy, by contrast, has four majors — and therefore was more accustomed to what Sunday would bring. Barry Svrluga,, "Missed putts prove frustrating for Rory McIlroy," 9 Apr. 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 \

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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a servile follower or underling

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