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

  • transitive v. To accustom by frequent repetition or prolonged exposure.
  • intransitive v. To cause physiological or psychological habituation, as to a drug.
  • intransitive v. Psychology To experience habituation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To turn into a habit, to make habitual.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Firmly established by custom; formed by habit; habitual.
  • transitive v. To make accustomed; to accustom; to familiarize.
  • transitive v. To settle as an inhabitant.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To accustom; make familiar by habit or customary experience.
  • To settle as an inhabitant in a place.
  • Synonyms 1. To inure, harden, familiarize (with).
  • Inveterate by custom; formed by habit; habitual.

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

  • v. take or consume (regularly or habitually)
  • v. make psychologically or physically used (to something)


From Middle English, accustomed, from Late Latin habituātus, past participle of habituārī, to be in a condition, from Latin habitus, condition, habit; see habit.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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  • Also used in the sense of inure and sate and cloy in, say, the taste buds in winetasting.

    November 18, 2007

  • to become accustomed to

    July 19, 2007