AskDefine | Define accustom

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accustom v : make psychologically or physically used (to something); "She became habituated to the background music" [syn: habituate]

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Old French acostumer, acustumer, French accoutumer; à (Latin ad) + Old French costume, French coutume, custom. See custom.



  1. To make familiar by use; to cause to accept; to habituate, familiarize, or inure; -- with to.
    • ca. 1753: I shall always fear that he who accustoms himself to fraud in little things, wants only opportunity to practice it in greater. - John Hawkesworth et al., Adventurer
  2. In the context of "intransitive|obsolete": To be wont.
  3. In the context of "intransitive|obsolete": To cohabit.
    • We with the best men accustom openly; you with the basest commit private adulteries. - John Milton


To make familiar by use
To be wont
To cohabit
Translations to be checked


  1. custom


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