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accustom

[uh-kuhs-tuh m] /əˈkʌs təm/
verb (used with object)
1.
to familiarize by custom or use; habituate:
to accustom oneself to cold weather.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English < Middle French acoustumer. See ac-, custom
Related forms
preaccustom, verb (used with object)
reaccustom, verb (used with object)
unaccustom, verb (used with object)
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Examples for accustom
  • In a digital age, the ubiquity of technological images may accustom people to the old-fashioned miracle of illusion in art.
  • To observe them, you must accustom them to your presence.
  • Photographs reveal horrors to which they also accustom viewers.
  • We must accustom ourselves to a high standard and to a strict judgment.
  • Before moving plants to the garden, harden them off to accustom them to outdoor conditions.
  • Do not accustom yourself to use big words for little matters.
  • Although they are more accustom to being around humans, they can still be stressed by close encounters.
  • At first they were herded carefully and driven into the enclosure every two hours in order to accustom them to being handled.
  • If you or your students are accustom to spreadsheets you can develop new and more expansive models.
  • To accustom the birds to the trap, scatter bait around and in the trap tying the bobs up and out of position.
British Dictionary definitions for accustom

accustom

/əˈkʌstəm/
verb
1.
(transitive) usually foll by to. to make (oneself) familiar (with) or used (to), as by practice, habit, or experience
Word Origin
C15: from Old French acostumer, from costumecustom
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Word Origin and History for accustom
v.

early 15c., from Old French acostumer (12c., Modern French accoutumer), from à "to" (see ad-) + costume (see costume (n.)). Related: Accustomed; accustoming.

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