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Meaning of accustom by Wiktionary Dictionary



    Old French acoustumer, acustumer ( Modern French accoutumer ) corresponding to a ( “to, toward” ) + custom. More at custom, costume .


    • IPA: /ə.ˈkəs.təm/


    accustom ( third-person singular simple present accustoms present participle accustoming, simple past and past participle accustomed )

    1. ( transitive ) To make familiar by use; to cause to accept; to habituate, familiarize, or inure; -- with to.
    2. ( intransitive, obsolete ) To be wont .
    3. ( intransitive, obsolete ) To cohabit.


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    accustom ( plural: accustoms )

    1. ( obsolete ) Custom .

    See also

    • accustom in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913

Explanation of accustom by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. make psychologically or physically used ( to something )

    Definition of accustom by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Accustom v. t. [imp. & p. p. Accustomed ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Accustoming.] [OF. acostumer, acustumer, F. accoutumer; à ( L. ad ) + OF. costume, F. coutume, custom. See Custom.] To make familiar by use; to habituate, familiarize, or inure; -- with to.

      I shall always fear that he who accustoms himself to fraud in little things, wants only opportunity to practice it in greater. Adventurer.

      Syn. -- To habituate; inure; exercise; train.

    2. Accustom, v. i.
      1. To be wont. [Obs.] Carew.

      2. To cohabit. [Obs.]

      We with the best men accustom openly; you with the basest commit private adulteries. Milton.

    3. Accustom, n. Custom. [Obs.] Milton.