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- to familiarize by custom or use; habituate: to accustom oneself to cold weather.
Origin of accustom
Related formspre·ac·cus·tom, verb (used with object)re·ac·cus·tom, verb (used with object)un·ac·cus·tom, verb (used with object)
First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English
word from Middle French
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Examples from the Web for accustom
Historical Examples of accustom
At its foot he stopped and tried to accustom his eyes to the darkness.
Accustom people to be nose-led and spoon-fed, and democracy is a mere pretence.
He looked up to accustom his eyes to the light and saw a dozen guns covering him.
Get something to do yourself, and accustom your children to work.
Accustom your children to find beauty in goodness, and goodness in beauty.
British Dictionary definitions for accustom
- (tr usually foll by to) to make (oneself) familiar (with) or used (to), as by practice, habit, or experience
Word Origin for accustom
C15: from Old French acostumer, from costume custom
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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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