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 The anonymity to which Amazon shoppers are accustomed is palliative, illusory. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, "What an Amazon Fulfillment Center Tour Reveals," 4 Nov. 2019 Leading an orchestra with considerably more strings than Mozart was accustomed to, Zander gave admirable clarity to the opera buffa fugue sections and propulsion to the whole., "For Boston Philharmonic, a satisfying start to the 2019-20 season - The Boston Globe," 19 Oct. 2019 The Como Park girls soccer team is becoming accustomed to success, and that’s a good feeling. Paul Hodowanic, Twin Cities, "Girls soccer: Como Park rises to the top of St. Paul City Conference," 11 Oct. 2019 Allocating bond money to kick-start those projects falls more in line with the kind of work the Housing Bureau is accustomed to. oregonlive, "With new projects, Portland declares it’s on track to meet housing bond’s goals," 18 Sep. 2019 The decision to go to Geno Smith flabbergasted New Yorkers, who were accustomed to seeing the city’s sports legends handled gently as their careers waned. Cindy Boren, The Denver Post, "Daniel Jones named Giants’ starter as Eli Manning is benched," 17 Sep. 2019 Automakers are dangling subscriptions to try to reach younger consumers accustomed to streaming movies on Netflix or summoning rides from Uber, with mixed results. Los Angeles Times, "Porsche’s $3,100-a-month subscription service coming to San Diego, Vegas," 29 Aug. 2019 In Harlan County, the bankruptcy caused unusual turmoil even in a place accustomed to coal’s highs and lows. Chris Kenning, The Courier-Journal, "Miner victory: Approved bankruptcy sale restores some back pay, could re-open coal mines," 27 July 2019 Nevada sheriffs reported a doubling of Utah residents shed hunting near the state line and a number of complaints from peeved local folk accustomed to having the hills to themselves. Mike Koshmrl, National Geographic, "What it takes to catch antler thieves," 19 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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The first known use of accustom was in the 15th century

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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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