\ ˈwȯnt How to pronounce wont (audio) , ˈwōnt 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

verb
wont; wont or wonted; wonting

Definition of wont (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to have the habit of doing something

wont

noun

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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Noun

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective At 63, Mike Ayers and Greg Taggart cant stop/wont stop shooting three-point field goals, Saturday, July 20, 2019. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "These 63-year-old Hoosiers may be the best 3-point shooters in Indiana," 25 July 2019

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First Known Use of wont

Adjective

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

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun

1530, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wont

Adjective

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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wonting. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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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

wont

noun

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.

wont

noun

Kids Definition of wont (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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