accustom

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v accustom make psychologically or physically used (to something) "She became habituated to the background music"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Accustom Custom.
    • Accustom To be wont.
    • Accustom To cohabit. "We with the best men accustom openly; you with the basest commit private adulteries."
    • v. t Accustom To make familiar by use; to habituate, familiarize, or inure; -- with to. "I shall always fear that he who accustoms himself to fraud in little things, wants only opportunity to practice it in greater."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • accustom 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.
    • accustom Synonyms To habituate, familiarize, inure, harden, train.
    • accustom To be wont or habituated to do anything.
    • accustom To consort or cohabit.
    • n accustom Custom: as, “individual accustom of life,”
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Accustom ak-kus′tum to make familiar by custom: to habituate (with to)
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Quotations

  • Lady Bloomfield
    Lady Bloomfield
    “Never chain your dogs together with sausages. One must accustom one's self to be bored.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    Samuel%20Johnson
    “Do not accustom yourself to consider debt only as an inconvenience. You will find it a calamity.”
  • Vladimir Ilyich Lenin
    Vladimir%20Ilyich%20Lenin
    “Under socialism all will govern in turn and will soon become accustomed to no one governing.”
  • French Proverb
    French Proverb
    “By continually scolding someone, they in time become accustomed to it and despise your reproof.”
  • Helen Rowland
    Helen%20Rowland
    “A man can become so accustomed to the thought of his own faults that he will begin to cherish them as charming little personal characteristics.”
  • Thomas Jefferson
    Thomas%20Jefferson
    “Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. acostumer, acustumer, F. accoutumer,; à,L. ad,) + OF. costume, F. coutume, custom. See Custom
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. acostumer (Fr. accoutumer)—à, to, costume, coustume—L. consuetudinem. See Custom.

Usage

In literature:

Birds and Bohemians are accustomed to scanty fare.
"Which?" by Ernest Daudet
Indeed, Patsy gave herself no trouble about anything or anybody, and so accustomed herself to the management of men.
"Patsy" by S. R. Crockett
My father had always been accustomed to that order.
"Charles Carleton Coffin" by William Elliot Griffis
All those sudden noises mingled together were quite a change for us, accustomed to a constant deathly silence.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
He is accustomed every year to go in deep snow on this road and he will know the way.
"The Land of the Long Night" by Paul du Chaillu
Great ringing of bells announced his coming; this being a sign he was accustomed to give to the kitchen, that the dinner could be served.
"Debts of Honor" by Maurus Jókai
He endeavoured to accustom his eyesight to this singular phenomenon, so that he might be able to correct its errors rapidly.
"The English at the North Pole" by Jules Verne
Paul dressed rapidly, with the neatness of a man accustomed to wait upon himself.
"Paul Patoff" by F. Marion Crawford
It don't suit my book at all; nor it ain't what I've been accustomed to.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
If it were a necessary evil we could make ourselves grow accustomed to it.
"The Book of Business Etiquette" by Nella Henney
Perhaps those accustomed to such things might not have thought it so very great.
"Old Jack" by W.H.G. Kingston
Dick was not accustomed to look too deep into matters, and thought that what they said was very right.
"The Rival Crusoes" by W.H.G. Kingston
It was not unlikely either that one of us, especially the first mate, who was not accustomed to ride, might tumble off.
"A Voyage round the World" by W.H.G. Kingston
There is no path near, accustomed to be trodden by the traveller.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
In return, the Admiral sent on board for a Castilian accustomed to the use of the Moorish bow and arrows.
"Notable Voyagers" by W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
Mr Ralph had, however, in the manner he was accustomed to manage things, taken steps to get Martin Goul out of the way.
"Won from the Waves" by W.H.G. Kingston
I was accustomed to doing without the pretty dresses and nice things which came as natural to other girls as the air they breathed.
"How It All Came Round" by L. T. Meade
My sister and I are quite accustomed to going about by ourselves.
"A True Friend" by Adeline Sergeant
He's not accustomed to the like.
"Lady Bountiful" by George A. Birmingham
Little by little it accustoms itself to them.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
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In poetry:

They got accustomed to us, the humbled.
What is left to man
when all that remains
is disgrace.
"I Am With Terrorism" by Nizar Qabbani
She plunged in, the torrent moan'd
With its accustom'd sound,
And hollow peals of laughter loud
Again rebellow'd round.
"Gondoline" by Henry Kirke White
But when I open the door
There are only the old lights
And the old accustomed faces
And the firelight on the floor. . . .
"Heart Of Youth" by Margaret Widdemer
And, when Aurora with the dawn
Dispell'd the midnight shade,
Her flocks to the accustom'd lawn
Would lovely Phillis lead.
"The Complaint" by Thomas Gent
Expand, accustomed world
No longer mean and small,
Tight code, mean mind, crude dream,
With ghost pioneers we see
Horizons
"Foundations" by Genevieve Taggard
On those too bumptious to repent."
Accustomed to religious dread,
It never crossed our minds He meant
Exactly what He said.
"Friday's Child" by W H Auden

In news:

Las Vegas , land of the quickie wedding, is in the midst of a serious love recession, and chapels in the city accustomed to playing the numbers were not about to let the latest money-making opportunity.
Slips and falls are common with the ice and outdoor activities Lake Tahoe residents are accustomed to.
As a former co-host of The View and host of National Geographic Explorer, Lisa Ling is accustomed to provocative and dangerous terrain.
While that seems like a healthy number, the Marietta, Georgia, family was accustomed to living on closer to $200,000 in household income.
Panthers' rookie linebacker Luke Kuechly has grown accustomed to winning awards and with the way he's currently playing more could soon be on the way.
Like many other brick-and-mortar retailers, Wal-Mart is trying to attract shoppers increasingly accustomed to online shopping.
Tristan Nenna is accustomed to receiving plenty of information from candidates during election season.
The Chippewa girls soccer team is accustomed to winning.
As for what the new material sounds like, Taylor reports that it doesn't stray too far from the music fans have become accustomed to hearing from him.
She's become accustomed to working with larger crews of technicians, and meeting the demands of a director.
Alabama is accustomed to playing huge season openers.
Larry King, the celebrated talk show host accustomed to A-list interview guests, has agreed to moderate a debate featuring a squad of minor-party presidential candidates.
The challenge for the AMP will be cost and winning over heftier gas-rider enthusiasts accustomed to the power of their machines.
It was more in the brown family of mustards , with a completely different edge than the traditional bright yellow varieties I was accustomed to.
And it is a far cry from the gauche nightclubs to which we've become accustomed.
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In science:

We are accustomed in string and related theories to the apparent need for more than four space-time dimensions.
A Six Vertex Model on a Fishnet
With coastal facilities, it may be possible to return it to the sea without harm if this concentrate does not exceed the normal ocean salinity gradients to which osmoregulators are accustomed.
Extraction of Freshwater and Energy from Atmosphere
Although it is natural for biological scientists who are accustomed to considering continuous functions and concentrations to chafe against the discretization of a solution in a lattice model, it is fairly easy to justify this simplification.
A First Exposure to Statistical Mechanics for Life Scientists
Notice that due to the L∞ normalization some of the equalities here will look odd to a reader accustomed to the L2 normalization.
On the Signed Small Ball Inequality
The syntax was inspired by that of the process calculus, blended with some common constructs which are familiar to those accustomed to languages such as C and Java.
Reasoning About a Service-oriented Programming Paradigm
This provides greater familiarity to a physicist (who is accustomed to the vector space structure of forms), and provides insights into the deep interplay between geometry and physics.
A Simple Introduction to Particle Physics Part II
We are accustomed to the fact that electrons carry only an atomic mass fraction of 1/4000; their binding energy is in the sub-ppm range.
Baryon Spectroscopy and the Origin of Mass
In the synthetic CDO/CLO market, the market participants are much more accustomed to hedging the market risks via credit indices, index tranches and single name CDS/LCDS contracts.
A Top-down Model for Cash CLO
In essence, LIGO/VIRGO will be studying nuclear physics via the collisions of atomic nuclei that have nucleon numbers A ∼ 1057—somewhat larger than physicists are normally accustomed to.
Gravitational Radiation -- A New Window Onto the Universe
But notice that the waveform does not show the clear quasi-normal mode appearance that one is accustomed to in such plots.
Nonlinear and Perturbative Evolution of Distorted Black Holes. II. Odd-parity Modes
The position Hilbert space is how we are most accustomed to thinking about things.
Harmonic analysis with respect to heat kernel measure
We may adduce other examples to the effect that quantum mechanics is binding on the microscopic scale that we are accustomed to.
Schrodinger's cat and the problem of two cultures
If A is a ‘dual operator algebra’, then we can find canonical classes of completely isometric normal representations with the property π(A)′′ = π(A), as one is accustomed to for von Neumann algebras. A good illustration is the very simple example T2 , the algebra of 2 × 2 upper triangular matrices.
A double commutant theorem for operator algebras
At a semantic level, one is accustomed to a unique principle or ob ject as being fundamental.
Fundamental particles and their interactions
Ancient humans were accustomed to electric forces generated by the formation of clouds and the subsequent lightning bolts.
Fundamental particles and their interactions
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