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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To familiarize, as by constant practice, use, or habit: I have accustomed myself to working long hours.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To make familiar by use; to cause to accept; to habituate, familiarize, or inure; -- with to.
  • v. To be wont.
  • v. To cohabit.
  • n. Custom.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Custom.
  • intransitive v. To be wont.
  • intransitive v. To cohabit.
  • transitive v. To make familiar by use; to habituate, familiarize, or inure; -- with to.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To familiarize by custom or use; habituate or inure: as, to accustom one's self to a spare diet; time may accustom one to almost anything; to be accustomed to hard work.
  • Synonyms To habituate, familiarize, inure, harden, train.
  • To be wont or habituated to do anything.
  • To consort or cohabit.
  • n. Custom: as, “individual accustom of life,”

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make psychologically or physically used (to something)

Etymologies

Middle English accustomen, from Old French acostumer : a-, to (from Latin ad-; see ad-) + costume, custom; see custom.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French acoustumer, acustumer (Modern French accoutumer) corresponding to a ("to, toward") + custom. More at custom, costume. (Wiktionary)

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