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accustom

Syllabification: ac·cus·tom
Pronunciation: /əˈkəstəm
 
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Definition of accustom in English:

verb

[with object]
1Make (someone or something) accept something as normal or usual: I accustomed my eyes to the lenses they tried to accustom him to their lighthearted ways
More example sentences
  • The lifestyle accustomed Johnson to the solitude that now forms his six hour a day, six days a week training regimen.
  • It can be viewed with the naked eye - if the skies are clear - though experts suggest waiting at least 20 minutes to accustom your eyes to the darkness.
  • Survivors reported the cabin lighting failed, but it is unclear whether they failed or were turned off - it is normal for landing in poor visibility to accustom passengers to low light in the event of an accident.
Synonyms
adapt to, adjust to, acclimatize to, acclimate to, habituate oneself to, accommodate oneself to, acculturate to;
reconcile oneself to, become reconciled to, get used to, come to terms with, learn to live with, become inured to
1.1 (be accustomed to) Be used to: my eyes gradually became accustomed to the darkness
More example sentences
  • Home made rakia is a great drink, according to him, and he has become accustomed to drinking it.
  • In recent years the Scottish art world has become accustomed to the grand gesture.
  • After we became accustomed to the aroma, explorations began of the various booths.
Synonyms
used to, habituated to, acclimatized to, no stranger to, familiar with, acquainted with, in the habit of, experienced in

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French acostumer, from a- (from Latin ad 'to, at') + costume 'custom'.

Words that rhyme with accustom

custom

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