American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To familiarize, as by constant practice, use, or habit: I have accustomed myself to working long hours.
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,”
- v. transitive To make familiar by use; to cause to accept; to habituate, familiarize, or inure; -- with to.
- v. intransitive, obsolete To be wont.
- v. intransitive, obsolete To cohabit.
- n. obsolete Custom.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To make familiar by use; to habituate, familiarize, or inure; -- with
- v. obsolete To be wont.
- v. obsolete To cohabit.
- n. obsolete Custom.
- v. make psychologically or physically used (to something)
- Old French acoustumer, acustumer (Modern French accoutumer) corresponding to a ("to, toward") + custom. More at custom, costume. (Wiktionary)
- 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)
“Hereafter, at its restoration, it shall confess the sore discipline was all needed to "accustom" it to God's "easy yoke" (Mt 11: 29, 30). turn thou me -- by Thy converting Spirit (La 5: 21).”
“Whose heart th 'accustom'd sight of death makes hard,”
“For the mind and memory are more sharply exercised in comprehending another man's things than our own; and such as accustom themselves and are familiar with the best authors shall ever and anon find somewhat of them in themselves, and in the expression of their minds, even when they feel it not, be able to utter something like theirs, which hath an authority above their own.”
“If you make someone "accustom" to a certain lifestyle in your marraige, you can best beleive the are looking for that to remain after the divorce.”
“And, for the first time heard* the thundering tone Of lions, that th 'accustom'd ear affright:”
“1774: Whose heart th 'accustom'd sight of death makes hard”
“Only when you have written your letter, read it over and make the rests, or stops, which the sentences seem to require, and then see if you have made them with your pen, if not put them in, and this will accustom you to write inteligably to any one.”
“You must accustom yourself to the fact that you are in another world than the one of oppression and brutality in which you have lived. ”
“I think that sometimes deer get very accustom to a permanent stand to the point that they will start to ignore it.”
“I am accustom to taking quick shots and completely missed a nice 10 point because I couldnt get the gun up and a good visual on him in time.”
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