ac·​cus·​tom | \ ə-ˈkə-stəm How to pronounce accustom (audio) \
accustomed; accustoming; accustoms

Definition of accustom

transitive verb

: to make familiar with something through use or experience

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Other Words from accustom

accustomation \ ə-​ˌkə-​stə-​ˈmā-​shən How to pronounce accustomation (audio) \ noun

Examples of accustom in a Sentence

the task of accustoming new recruits to shipboard life
Recent Examples on the Web By now, most of us are well-accustomed with the wonders of Korean skin-care products. Allure, "The Best Korean Makeup That Every K-Beauty Fan Needs to Try," 22 Aug. 2019 Malaysians were accustomed to a certain amount of grease in the country’s political system, but the extravagant sums linked to the 1MDB scandal shocked the public. New York Times, "A Stunning, Sudden Fall for Najib Razak, Malaysia’s ‘Man of Steal’," 15 May 2018 And when there’s new construction, the resulting dorm will almost definitely look different from what people who went to college decades ago were accustomed to. Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic, "The Age of the Comfy College Dorm," 29 Aug. 2019 Kai shines for Bayer Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz is by now accustomed to breaking records. Matias Grez, CNN, "Europe's next generation of football stars shine across the continent," 19 Aug. 2019 Crisp, light and colorful, these are streamlined versions of the drink to which you might be accustomed, mint-garnished and free of that familiar fruit flotilla. Amy Drew Thompson,, "Disney Springs: Celebrity chef José Andrés has a heavenly hit in Jaleo," 1 Aug. 2019 But that’s a different kind of trick than the kind the brothers are accustomed to performing. Abby Ohlheiser, Washington Post, "The Dobre brothers are trying to be the next Mister Rogers — if Mister Rogers rapped about being ‘lit’," 25 July 2019 White inherited a team that was accustomed to playing the traditional 11-man style, but among them were freshmen who only knew began playing in the smaller format. Vincent Nguyen, Glendale News-Press, "Football Preview: Senior-heavy Flintridge Prep team brimming with confidence," 29 Aug. 2019 The first phase was single story home filled with décor and furnishings to which Adams bride, a Philadelphia socialite, was accustomed. Mary Wakeford, azcentral, "Sahuaro Ranch boasts one of Glendale's earliest cool homes. Take a look," 18 July 2019

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First Known Use of accustom

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for accustom

Middle English acustomen "to habituate (reflexive or intransitive)," borrowed from Anglo-French acustumer, acostumer, from a-, prefix forming transitive verbs (going back to Latin ad- ad-) + -customer, costomer, verbal derivative of custume custom entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of accustom

: to cause (someone) to become adjusted to or familiar with something


ac·​cus·​tom | \ ə-ˈkə-stəm How to pronounce accustom (audio) \
accustomed; accustoming

Kids Definition of accustom

: to cause (someone) to get used to something I accustomed my dog to a leash.

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to spread as a report or rumor

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