\ ˈwȯnt How to pronounce wont (audio) , ˈwōnt How to pronounce wont (audio) also ˈwənt, ˈwänt How to pronounce wont (audio) \

Definition of wont

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : accustomed, used got up early as he is wont to do
2 : inclined, apt revealing as letters are wont to be— Gladys M. Wrigley


wont; wont or wonted; wonting

Definition of wont (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to have the habit of doing something



Definition of wont (Entry 3 of 3)

: habitual way of doing : use

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Synonyms & Antonyms for wont

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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habit, practice, usage, custom, wont mean a way of acting fixed through repetition. habit implies a doing unconsciously and often compulsively. had a habit of tapping his fingers practice suggests an act or method followed with regularity and usually through choice. our practice is to honor all major credit cards usage suggests a customary action so generally followed that it has become a social norm. western-style dress is now common usage in international business custom applies to a practice or usage so steadily associated with an individual or group as to have almost the force of unwritten law. the custom of wearing black at funerals wont usually applies to a habitual manner, method, or practice of an individual or group. as was her wont, she slept until noon

Examples of wont in a Sentence

Adjective she paced about the room, as she is wont to do whenever she is agitated Noun he got up early, as is his wont

First Known Use of wont


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense


1530, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wont


Middle English woned, wont, from past participle of wonen to dwell, be used to, from Old English wunian; akin to Old High German wonēn to dwell, be used to, Sanskrit vanoti he strives for — more at win

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The first known use of wont was before the 12th century

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“Wont.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wont. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of wont

 (Entry 1 of 2)

formal : likely to do something : having a tendency to do something



English Language Learners Definition of wont (Entry 2 of 2)

old-fashioned : a usual habit or way of behaving


\ ˈwȯnt How to pronounce wont (audio) , ˈwōnt \

Kids Definition of wont

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: being in the habit of doing I slept longer than I was wont.



Kids Definition of wont (Entry 2 of 2)

: habit sense 3 I slept longer than was my wont.

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