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wont

[wawnt, wohnt, wuhnt] /wɔnt, woʊnt, wʌnt/
adjective
1.
accustomed; used (usually followed by an infinitive):
He was wont to rise at dawn.
noun
2.
custom; habit; practice:
It was her wont to walk three miles before breakfast.
verb (used with object), wont, wont or wonted, wonting.
3.
to accustom (a person), as to a thing:
That summer wonted me to a lifetime of early rising.
4.
to render (a thing) customary or usual (usually used passively).
verb (used without object), wont, wont or wonted, wonting.
5.
to be wont.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; (adj.) Middle English wont, woned, Old English gewunod, past participle of gewunian to be used to (see won2); cognate with German gewöhnt; (v.) Middle English, back formation from wonted or wont (past participle); (noun) apparently from conflation of wont (past participle) with obsolete wone wish, in certain stereotyped phrases
Related forms
wontless, adjective
Can be confused
want, wont.
won't, wont.
Synonyms
1. habituated, wonted. 2. use.
Antonyms
1. unaccustomed.
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British Dictionary definitions for wontless

wont

/wəʊnt/
adjective
1.
(postpositive) accustomed (to doing something): he was wont to come early
noun
2.
a manner or action habitually employed by or associated with someone (often in the phrases as is my wont, as is his wont, etc)
verb
3.
(when transitive, usually passive) to become or cause to become accustomed
Word Origin
Old English gewunod, past participle of wunian to be accustomed to; related to Old High German wunēn (German wohnen), Old Norse una to be satisfied; see wean1, wish, winsome
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Word Origin and History for wontless

wont

adj.

"accustomed," Old English wunod, past participle of wunian "to dwell, be accustomed," from Proto-Germanic *wun- "to be content, to rejoice" (cf. Old Saxon wunon, Old Frisian wonia "to dwell, remain, be used to," Old High German wonen, German wohnen "to dwell;" related to Old English winnan, gewinnan "to win" (see win) and to wean. The noun meaning "habitual usage, custom" is attested from c.1300.

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