Origin of accustomMiddle English accustomen from Old French acostumer from a-, to + costume: see custom
An example of accustom would be moving to a rainy climate and adapting over time to the weather.
transitive verbac·cus·tomed, ac·cus·tom·ing, ac·cus·toms
Origin of accustomMiddle English accustomen from Old French acostumer a- to ( from Latin ad- ; see ad- . ) costume custom ; see custom .
(third-person singular simple present accustoms, present participle accustoming, simple past and past participle accustomed)
- To make familiar by use; to cause to accept; to habituate, familiarize, or inure; -- with to.
- (obsolete) Custom.
- Once you accustom your pet to playing with his new toy when there are treats inside, you can use it to teach him desired behaviors.
- If your cat has been accustomed to clay, paper or other organic cat litter, it may take some time to accustom your cat to a crystalline cat litter.
- A brush - Although cats take care of most of their own grooming, it can be useful to accustom your kitten to being brushed.
- You will want to trim his nails when he gets older, so accustom him to having his paws handled by you when he's very young.
- Fans grew accustom to the "I'm a doctor not a…." one liners made famous by DeForest Kelley who played Dr. Leonard McCoy in the original series.