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accustom +‎ -ed


  • IPA(key): /ə.ˈkʌs.təmd/
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  • Hyphenation: ac‧cus‧tomed


accustomed (comparative more accustomed, superlative most accustomed)

  1. (of a person) Familiar with something through repeated experience; adapted to existing conditions.
    I am not accustomed to walking long distances
    She is getting more and more accustomed to the cold
  2. (of a thing, condition, activity, etc.) Familiar through use; usual; customary.
  3. (obsolete) Frequented by customers.
    • 1778, Tobias Smollett (translator), The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane by Alain-René Lesage, London: S. Crowder et al., Volume I, Chapter 7, p. 148,[6]
      There I got a place on the same terms as at Segovia, in a well accustomed shop, much frequented on account of the neighbourhood of the church of Santa Cruz, and the Prince’s theatre []
    • 1817, Seth William Stevenson[7], Journal of a Tour through Part of France, Flanders, and Holland, Norwich: for the author, Chapter 21, p. 283,[8]
      The pompous hotel is a lone cottage of very mean appearance, on the road side, and I will be sworn, was but an ill-accustomed Inn, until those renowned Generals justly gave it a licence.

Usage notes[edit]

When referring to a person, accustomed is only used predicatively; when referring to a thing, it is only used attributively. The use of the infinitive following accustomed (e.g. accustomed to do) is obsolete; in contemporary English, the gerund is used in this context (e.g. accustomed to doing).





  1. simple past tense and past participle of accustom