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In the United States we’re accustomed to forming our own opinion about the promises of advertisements and politicians.
  psychologically or physically used to something
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accustomed accustom accustoming accustoms
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Word Mastery:  In professional environments, you will often make a better impression by saying one is "accustomed" to something rather than one is "used" to something.
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  • In the United States we’re accustomed to forming our own opinion about the promises of advertisements and politicians.
  • Actors and politicians are accustomed to less privacy than the rest of us.
  • Maybe that wasn’t fair, but my brain wasn’t all that accustomed to fairness around that time.
    John Corey Whaley  --  Nogin
  • I wait a few moments to accustom my eyes to the darkness.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front

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  • Mattie was clearly accustomed to dealing with kids.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • She grew accustomed to him.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • And he who becomes master of a city accustomed to freedom and does not destroy it, may expect to be destroyed by it,
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • He is accustomed to obeying her, to taking her advice.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • ...while his grey eyes,  accustomed to the shaded light of his study...
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • unaccustomed as I am to public speaking, it is my pleasant duty—I might say my very pleasant duty—to welcome all and...
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King

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  • He was unaccustomed to alcohol and it had gone to his head.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • The competition was terrific, but Henry was accustomed to hard work.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • I’m still trying to become accustomed to the reactions I have around him.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
  • Thomas finally grew accustomed to the light and opened his eyes fully.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • He seems accustomed to the heat—even in his hot uniform, he doesn’t appear to sweat.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • Kid cops, mid-twenties, confident and uninspired, accustomed to soothing worried parents of curfew-busting teens.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • For one thing, turning concepts into numbers was a sort of anagramming to which he was unaccustomed.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • Mae followed Terry through the building, which was more of an engineer’s lair than the parts of campus she’d become accustomed to visiting.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • They were so accustomed to my presence, they’d forgotten it was even under consideration.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • As I was unaccustomed to being called like a dog, it took her a number of shouts before I realized that meant "Move."
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • Neither of them smiled much—they greeted Michael and me with the bemused curiosity to which I was getting accustomed.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • He supposed he could have tried to talk one of his friends into staying, and might even have gotten one to agree, but he had long since grown accustomed to the fact that his friends lived their lives by a different schedule from his.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • He gave me an odd look, it took me a while to recognize it as the one I’d grown accustomed to in the troupe.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Perhaps I grew too accustomed to our distance.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Snubbed again, Kit fell silent and listened to that unaccustomed shouting in the distance.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • After a year of slavery in the Salt Mines of Endovier, Celaena Sardothien was accustomed to being escorted everywhere in shackles and at sword-point.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • Milo and Tock stood blinking in the bright light and, as their eyes became accustomed to it, the first things they saw were the king’s advisers again rushing toward them.
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • Accustomed to seeing stiff, mortified contestants, the audience responded with uncertain titters.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Stargirl
  • So I made myself look at it, to become accustomed to the sight.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • It is hardest on adults who move here and are not accustomed to the agricultural dust.
    Pam Munoz Ryan  --  Esperanza Rising
  • And you won’t believe this, but if you listen to any kind of music long enough, first you get accustomed to it and then you learn to like it.
    Christopher Paul Curtis  --  The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963
  • Sewell might describe women as "weak and delicate [and] accustomed to no toil or trial" but they still managed to flee "with their arms full of treasures rescued from their doomed homes, and some even shouldered valises and trunks with the strength of strong men, and bore and dragged them through the crowd."
    Jim Murphy  --  The Great Fire
  • There was little I could do in a dress, and as for shoes, they imprisoned freedom-loving feet accustomed to the feel of the warm earth.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • Flora Baumbach appeared even smaller and rounder than she was as she sat twisting her napkin with hands accustomed to being busy.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • That caused quite a sensation among the villagers, who were accustomed to loose-fitting, simple peasant clothing.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • "That’s quite obvious, Mr. Martin, but I’m not accustomed to stopping murder trials because prosecuting attorneys are surprised.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • He was trim and model-handsome and accustomed to admiration, and he kept seizing on new careers and then abandoning them in a fit of impatience.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • The man Jack’s eyes were accustomed to the dim moonlight, so he had no desire to turn on an electric light.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • I’m accustomed to getting up before the sun rises; he pulls me back to bed.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • He would frighten the dogs and take their hidden stashes now and then, but he didn’t harm them and we became accustomed to him hanging around.
    Gary Paulsen  --  Woodsong
  • He was six-two, one-ninety, with thick dark hair, a lean tanned face, and the calm gaze of someone accustomed to killing other people.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • No other group had ever welcomed Oscar, so when he put on his green "service uniform," he felt a pride he was unaccustomed to.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • The radio purrs and the woman laughs and Herr Siedler looks almost nothing, Werner decides, like his neighbors, their guarded, anxious faces—faces of people accustomed to watching loved ones disappear every morning into pits.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • I run fast and far the way I’ve become accustomed to running.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • On the day King was buried the blacks assembled at recess in their accustomed place on the breezeway at the side of the school.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Up and down the Barteljorisstraat, shop owners were out on the sidewalk; there was an unaccustomed neighborhood feel as advice, rolls of adhesive, and tales of the night’s terror passed from door to door.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • Now we were almost relieved—the guns were far away, and the noise was a good deal less loud than thunder, to which we were accustomed.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • Well, it takes all kinds, as I had been accustomed to hear from childhood.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • You can’t use a flashlight; you have to stay still, in the darkness, waiting until your eyes become accustomed to no light.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • He rubbed a hand over his jaw, a calculating gesture I’d grown accustomed to in only a few short days of knowing him.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
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