accustom
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ə.ˈkʌs.təm/
Verb

accustom (accustoms, present participle accustoming; past and past participle accustomed)

  1. (intransitive) To make familiar by use; to cause to accept; to habituate, familiarize, or inure. [+ to#English|to (object)]
    • ca. 1753, John Hawkesworth et al., Adventurer
      I shall always fear that he who accustoms himself to fraud in little things, wants only opportunity to practice it in greater.
    • 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter I, in The Purchase Price: Or The Cause of Compromise, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 639762314 ↗, page 0029 ↗:
      “[…] it is not fair of you to bring against mankind double weapons ! Dangerous enough you are as woman alone, without bringing to your aid those gifts of mind suited to problems which men have been accustomed to arrogate to themselves.”
  2. (intransitive, obsolete) To be wont.
  3. (intransitive, obsolete) To cohabit.
    • 1670, John Milton, The History of Britain, […] , London: Printed by J.M. for James Alleſtry, […] , OCLC 78038412 ↗, Book II, page 83 ↗:
      Much better do we Britans filfill the work of Nature than you Romans; we with the beſt men accuſtom op'nly; you with the baſest commit private adulteries.
Synonyms Related terms Translations Translations
  • German: gewöhnen (to get used/accustomed to), pflegen
  • Russian: привыка́ть
Noun

accustom (plural accustoms)

  1. (obsolete) Custom.



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