Meaning of accustom in English:


Pronunciation /əˈkʌstəm/

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[with object]accustom someone/something to
  • 1Make someone or something accept (something) as normal or usual.

    ‘I accustomed my eyes to the lenses’
    • ‘sixth-form education is supposed to accustom pupils to think for themselves’
    • ‘The lifestyle accustomed Johnson to the solitude that now forms his six hour a day, six days a week training regimen.’
    • ‘It can be viewed with the naked eye - if the skies are clear - though experts suggest waiting at least 20 minutes to accustom your eyes to the darkness.’
    • ‘Survivors reported the cabin lighting failed, but it is unclear whether they failed or were turned off - it is normal for landing in poor visibility to accustom passengers to low light in the event of an accident.’
    • ‘Science fiction, wrote Asimov, ‘can first, and most important, accustom the reader to the notion of change.’’
    • ‘For every 1000m we ascended, we took an acclimatisation day where we stayed at the same for height for two nights but walked higher than we slept during the same day to accustom the body to the lack of oxygen.’
    • ‘His are not the opinions that either liberal theologians or secular humanists are accustomed to hearing or willing to accept.’
    • ‘The masses of statues, in bronze, silver, gold, and marble, accustomed the Romans to this kind of visual display and to Hellenistic luxury.’
    • ‘I blinked repeatedly, trying to accustom my eyes to the bright light from the sun.’
    • ‘A torch was shown in her face and she recoiled back in pain hitting the wall of wood behind her, blinking hard to try and accustom her eyes to the sharp light.’
    • ‘Now, I know it's the done thing to give your children a little of what you're having, in order to accustom their palates to fineness and adventure and all that rubbish.’
    • ‘I looked around blindly, trying to accustom my eyes to the light.’
    • ‘Hunter turned off the flashlight and tried to accustom his eyes to the flickering light of the fire behind him.’
    • ‘Many trainers and hunters want to accustom their dogs to the scent of the birds and animals they will be hunting.’
    • ‘To accustom your birds to a new bath, try placing a bird feeder within five feet of the bath.’
    • ‘This will build up your stamina and accustom your body to such long distance walking.’
    • ‘The principles established by the courts were not generous to taxpayers, but the outcomes created greater certainty and their publicity helped standardize and accustom taxpayers to the tax.’
    • ‘This marks the first time that the military and the media have participated in such a joint program, whose aim is to accustom journalists to military discipline.’
    • ‘Some people milk the does twice a day and give the kids bottles, which is labor-intensive but helps accustom kids to human handling.’
    • ‘To accustom inmates to life outside prison they are allowed out on a ‘temporary release’ basis, to do work in the community.’
    • ‘A democratic version of the debutante ball, the prom was originally intended to accustom working-class kids to the manners and values of the middle class.’
    adapt, adjust, acclimatize, attune, habituate, accommodate, assimilate, acculturate, inure, harden, condition, reconcile, become resigned, resign
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    1. 1.1be accustomed toBe used to.
      ‘I am not accustomed to having my word questioned’
      • ‘Home made rakia is a great drink, according to him, and he has become accustomed to drinking it.’
      • ‘In recent years the Scottish art world has become accustomed to the grand gesture.’
      • ‘After we became accustomed to the aroma, explorations began of the various booths.’
      • ‘The country, of course, is accustomed to such tactics by parties in the opposition.’
      • ‘We've become accustomed to that and we operate better when we put pressure on ourselves.’
      • ‘Sadly, we have become accustomed to seeing graffiti on bridges and walls.’
      • ‘There is reasonable stability in the economy and we have become accustomed to international tension.’
      • ‘Now I've grown accustomed to moving around and living with different people, and I like it.’
      • ‘In Scotland he has been forced to become accustomed to his professional and personal worlds colliding.’
      • ‘When you're actually working on the ships it gets better, because you become accustomed to the motion.’
      • ‘I had grown accustomed to hearing about disasters and fighting in the sub continent.’
      • ‘It's strange how quickly you become accustomed to the presence of others.’
      • ‘Most people aren't accustomed to thinking of their lawns as part of the environment.’
      • ‘Give the programme about two to three years for people to get accustomed to it.’
      • ‘Stylists are powerful people in fashion and showbusiness, accustomed to getting their own way.’
      • ‘We have grown accustomed to the public squabbling between millionaire football club managers.’
      • ‘Airline pilots are well accustomed to overriding mechanisms of this sort.’
      • ‘We are so accustomed to his immense tidiness as a novelist, that the slightest muddle in his work looks like chaos.’
      • ‘He has grown accustomed to biding his time and keeping his own company.’
      • ‘On the contrary, she gladly accepted the work and became accustomed to it quickly.’
      accustomed to, not new to, no stranger to
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Late Middle English from Old French acostumer, from a- (from Latin ad ‘to, at’) + costume ‘custom’.