Definition of accustom in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈkʌstəm/


[with object] (accustom someone/thing to)
1Make someone or something accept (something) as normal or usual: I accustomed my eyes to the lenses [with object and infinitive]: sixth-form education is supposed to accustom pupils to think for themselves
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.
adapt, adjust, acclimatize, attune, habituate, accommodate, assimilate, acculturate, inure, harden, condition, reconcile, become resigned, resign;
get used to, come to terms with, come to accept, learn to live with, make familiar with, become acquainted with;
find one's feet, get one's bearings, blend in, fit in;
North American  acclimate
1.1 (be accustomed to) Be used to: I am not accustomed to having my word questioned
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.


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

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