Verb accustom Definition and Examples


Verb:

accustom

Definition as verb:

Verb

accustom (third-person singular simple present accustoms, present participle accustoming, simple past and past participle accustomed)

  1. (transitive with to) To make familiar by use; to cause to accept; to habituate, familiarize, or inure.
  2. (intransitive, obsolete) To be wont.
  3. (intransitive, obsolete) To cohabit.

More definition:


1.to familiarize by custom or use; habituate, to accustom oneself to cold weather.

1. (transitive) usually foll by to. to make (oneself) familiar (with) or used (to), as by practice, habit, or experience Word OriginC15, from Old French acostumer, from costumecustomCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
early 15c., from Old French acostumer (12c., Modern French accoutumer), from à "to" (see ad-) + costume (see costume (n.)). Related, Accustomed; accustoming.

Examples:

He thus learned early to grapple with difficulties and to accustom himself to the necessity of precision in argument and expression.

Every attempt, however, was henceforth made, especially by Shaftesbury, to accustom people to this idea, and his position was emphasized by James's second marriage, with the Roman Catholic princess Mary of Modena.

The ancients have left us model heroic poems in which the heroes furnish the whole interest of the story, and we are still unable to accustom ourselves to the fact that for our epoch histories of that kind are meaningless.



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