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accustomed

[uh-kuhs-tuh md] /əˈkʌs təmd/
adjective
1.
customary; usual; habitual:
in their accustomed manner.
2.
habituated; acclimated (usually followed by to):
accustomed to staying up late; accustomed to the noise of the subway.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English; see accustom, -ed2
Related forms
accustomedly, adverb
accustomedness, noun
half-accustomed, adjective
well-accustomed, adjective
Synonyms
1. characteristic, normal, regular. 2. used (to).
Antonyms
1. unusual. 2. unused (to).

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
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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  • They had their accustomed table and waiter, and the former was always as prepared as the latter was prompt.
  • They are intensely patriotic but accustomed to globalization.
  • University trustees are generally drawn from a business background and are accustomed to corporate plans.
  • We're accustomed to borrowing from animals and plants when it comes to clothing ourselves.
  • Molecular biologists have become accustomed to seeing the same cellular machinery reused by many different species.
  • Already accustomed to being fed by people, they moved out into the cities.
  • We're so accustomed to data that hardly anyone questions it.
  • It was also clear that some visitors were not accustomed to escalators of any speed.
  • We are of course accustomed to announcements of this sort by the elite universities.
  • Then came the oryx, a wild breed accustomed to caring for itself and living on relatively little.
British Dictionary definitions for accustomed

accustomed

/əˈkʌstəmd/
adjective
1.
usual; customary
2.
(postpositive) foll by to. used or inured (to)
3.
(postpositive) foll by to. in the habit (of): accustomed to walking after meals

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 accustomed
adj.

late 15c., "made customary, habitual," past participle adjective from accustom (v.).

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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