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ˈwȯnt How to pronounce wont (audio) ˈwōnt How to pronounce wont (audio)
 also  ˈwənt,
ˈwänt How to pronounce wont (audio)
: accustomed, used
got up early as he is wont to do
: inclined, apt
revealing as letters are wont to beGladys M. Wrigley


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wont; wont or wonted; wonting

intransitive verb

: to have the habit of doing something


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: habitual way of doing : use
Choose the Right Synonym for wont

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

Word History



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

First Known Use


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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Wont.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wont. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 adjective
: being in the habit of doing
got up early as he is wont to do


2 of 2 noun
: usual custom

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