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wonted

[wawn-tid, wohn-, wuhn-]
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adjective
  1. accustomed; habituated; used.
  2. customary, habitual, or usual: He took his wonted place in the library.
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Origin of wonted

1375–1425; wont (noun) + -ed3, or by extension (see -ed2) of wont (past participle; see wont (adj.))
Related formswont·ed·ly, adverbwont·ed·ness, noun

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1. wont.

wont

[wawnt, wohnt, wuhnt]Archaic or Literary.
adjective
  1. accustomed; used (usually followed by an infinitive): He was wont to rise at dawn.
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noun
  1. custom; habit; practice: It was her wont to walk three miles before breakfast.
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verb (used with object), wont, wont or wont·ed, wont·ing.
  1. to accustom (a person), as to a thing: That summer wonted me to a lifetime of early rising.
  2. to render (a thing) customary or usual (usually used passively).
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verb (used without object), wont, wont or wont·ed, wont·ing.
  1. to be wont.
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Origin of wont

1300–50; (adj.) Middle English wont, woned, Old English gewunod, past participle of gewunian to be used to (see won2); cognate with German gewöhnt; (v.) Middle English, back formation from wonted or wont (past participle); (noun) apparently from conflation of wont (past participle) with obsolete wone wish, in certain stereotyped phrases
Related formswont·less, adjective
Can be confusedwant wontwon't wont

Synonyms

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1. habituated, wonted. 2. use.

Antonyms

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Related Words

accustomedcommonconventionalcustomaryfamiliarhabitualregulartypicalhabituated

Examples from the Web for wonted

Historical Examples

  • Besides, it was not very substantial, and failed to keep up their wonted strength.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • But after this brief display of energy the Spartans relapsed into their wonted torpor.

  • Janzen was at last emerging from his wonted frigidity and mysteriousness.

  • And now she saw her home again with more than wonted delight.

  • Let the crisis be favourable, and resume your wonted energy.


British Dictionary definitions for wonted

wonted

adjective
  1. (postpositive) accustomed or habituated (to doing something)
  2. (prenominal) customary; usualshe is in her wonted place
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wont

adjective
  1. (postpositive) accustomed (to doing something)he was wont to come early
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noun
  1. a manner or action habitually employed by or associated with someone (often in the phrases as is my wont, as is his wont, etc)
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verb
  1. (when tr, usually passive) to become or cause to become accustomed
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Word Origin

Old English gewunod, past participle of wunian to be accustomed to; related to Old High German wunēn (German wohnen), Old Norse una to be satisfied; see wean 1, wish, winsome
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Word Origin and History for wonted

adj.

"accustomed, usual," c.1400, past participle adjective from wont. An unconscious double past participle.

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wont

adj.

"accustomed," Old English wunod, past participle of wunian "to dwell, be accustomed," from Proto-Germanic *wun- "to be content, to rejoice" (cf. Old Saxon wunon, Old Frisian wonia "to dwell, remain, be used to," Old High German wonen, German wohnen "to dwell;" related to Old English winnan, gewinnan "to win" (see win) and to wean. The noun meaning "habitual usage, custom" is attested from c.1300.

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