Noun Accustom Definition and Examples


Noun:

Accustom

Pronunciation:

/əˈkʌstəm/

Definition:
1.

verb

Make someone or something accept (something) as normal or usual.
  1. with object and infinitive 'sixth-form education is supposed to accustom pupils to think for themselves'
  2. 'Science fiction, wrote Asimov, ‘can first, and most important, accustom the reader to the notion of change.’'
  3. 'For every 1000m we ascended, we took an acclimatisation day where we stayed at the same for height for two nights but walked higher than we slept during the same day to accustom the body to the lack of oxygen.'
  4. 'Survivors reported the cabin lighting failed, but it is unclear whether they failed or were turned off - it is normal for landing in poor visibility to accustom passengers to low light in the event of an accident.'
  5. 'I blinked repeatedly, trying to accustom my eyes to the bright light from the sun.'
  6. 'Many trainers and hunters want to accustom their dogs to the scent of the birds and animals they will be hunting.'
  7. 'This marks the first time that the military and the media have participated in such a joint program, whose aim is to accustom journalists to military discipline.'
  8. 'I looked around blindly, trying to accustom my eyes to the light.'
  9. 'A democratic version of the debutante ball, the prom was originally intended to accustom working-class kids to the manners and values of the middle class.'
  10. 'It can be viewed with the naked eye - if the skies are clear - though experts suggest waiting at least 20 minutes to accustom your eyes to the darkness.'
  11. 'The masses of statues, in bronze, silver, gold, and marble, accustomed the Romans to this kind of visual display and to Hellenistic luxury.'
  12. 'We are so accustomed to his immense tidiness as a novelist, that the slightest muddle in his work looks like chaos.'
  13. 'The country, of course, is accustomed to such tactics by parties in the opposition.'
  14. 'He has grown accustomed to biding his time and keeping his own company.'
  15. 'Most people aren't accustomed to thinking of their lawns as part of the environment.'
  16. 'I had grown accustomed to hearing about disasters and fighting in the sub continent.'
  17. 'On the contrary, she gladly accepted the work and became accustomed to it quickly.'
  18. 'Airline pilots are well accustomed to overriding mechanisms of this sort.'
  19. 'In Scotland he has been forced to become accustomed to his professional and personal worlds colliding.'
  20. 'Now I've grown accustomed to moving around and living with different people, and I like it.'
  21. 'Sadly, we have become accustomed to seeing graffiti on bridges and walls.'
((n.) Custom.)



Examples:

It took a long time to accustom myself to the noise.
She found it necessary to accustom her child to getting up early.
You must quickly accustom yourself to your new school.
You will soon accustom yourself to the new life.
She couldn't accustom herself to New England winters.
The teacher tried to accustom the children to school.
You have to accustom yourself to the crowded trains in Tokyo.
Children are quick to accustom themselves to new surroundings.
I should never have thought, dear boy of mine, that you were so dainty and fussy about your food. Bad, very bad! In this world, even as children, we must accustom ourselves to eat of everything, for we never know what life may hold in store for us!

Origin:
Late Middle English: from Old French acostumer, from a- (from Latin ad ‘to, at’) + costume ‘custom’.

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