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[uh-kuhs-tuh m] /əˈkʌs təm/
verb (used with object)
to familiarize by custom or use; habituate:
to accustom oneself to cold weather.
Origin of accustom
late Middle English
First recorded in 1425-75; late Middle English word from Middle French word acoustumer. See ac-, custom
Related forms
preaccustom, verb (used with object)
reaccustom, verb (used with object)
unaccustom, verb (used with object) Unabridged
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(transitive) usually foll by to. to make (oneself) familiar (with) or used (to), as by practice, habit, or experience
Word Origin
C15: from Old French acostumer, from costumecustom
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Word Origin and History for accustom

early 15c., from Old French acostumer (12c., Modern French accoutumer), from à "to" (see ad-) + costume (see costume (n.)). Related: Accustomed; accustoming.

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