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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-kuhs-tuh m]
    • /əˈkʌs təm/
    • /əˈkʌstəm/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-kuhs-tuh m]
    • /əˈkʌs təm/

Definitions of accustom word

  • verb accustom If you accustom yourself or another person to something, you make yourself or them become used to it. 3
  • verb accustom to make (oneself) familiar (with) or used (to), as by practice, habit, or experience 3
  • verb transitive accustom to make familiar by custom, habit, or use; habituate (to) 3
  • verb with object accustom to familiarize by custom or use; habituate: to accustom oneself to cold weather. 1
  • noun accustom Make (someone or something) accept something as normal or usual. 1
  • transitive verb accustom habituate 1

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Origin of accustom

First appearance:

before 1425
One of the 25% oldest English words
First recorded in 1425-75; late Middle English word from Middle French word acoustumer. See ac-, custom

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Parts of speech for Accustom


accustom popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 92% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for accustom

verb accustom

  • adapt — If you adapt to a new situation or adapt yourself to it, you change your ideas or behaviour in order to deal with it successfully.
  • acquaint — If you acquaint someone with something, you tell them about it so that they know it. If you acquaint yourself with something, you learn about it.
  • habituate — to accustom (a person, the mind, etc.), as to a particular situation: Wealth habituated him to luxury.
  • season — one of the four periods of the year (spring, summer, autumn, and winter), beginning astronomically at an equinox or solstice, but geographically at different dates in different climates.
  • familiarize — to make (onself or another) well-acquainted or conversant with something.

Antonyms for accustom

verb accustom

  • disaccustom — to cause to lose a habit: In the country I was quickly disaccustomed of sleeping late.

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