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Definition to be or to become psychologically or physically used to something

(used to is an expression that means someone has adapted to and has an expectation of something so it does not seem unusual)
  • In the United States we're accustomed to forming our own opinion about the promises of advertisements and politicians.
accustomed = used to (have adapted to and have an expectation of)
  • Actors and politicians are accustomed to less privacy than the rest of us.
  • accustomed = used to (have adapted to and have an expectation of)
  • ...she didn't even seem aware of all the men's eyes upon her—or more likely, she was simply accustomed to the attention.
    Arthur Golden  --  Memoirs of a Geisha
  • accustomed = used to
  • Hortensia came over, put her arm around Esperanza and said, "We are accustomed to doing things a certain way, aren't we, Esperanza?"
    Pam Munoz Ryan  --  Esperanza Rising
  • accustomed = used to (doing something in a certain way)
  • I had become almost accustomed to hearing insults aimed at Atticus.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • accustomed = used to
  • I wait a few moments to accustom my eyes to the darkness.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • accustom = allow something to get used to (get familiar with and adapt to)
  • She grew accustomed to him.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • accustomed = psychologically used to (comfortable in the situation)
  • He is accustomed to obeying her, to taking her advice.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • accustomed = used to (adapted to and with an expectation of)
  • He was unaccustomed to alcohol and it had gone to his head.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • unaccustomed = not used to
    (editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unaccustomed means not and reverses the meaning of accustomed. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • Maybe that wasn't fair, but my brain wasn't all that accustomed to fairness around that time.
    John Corey Whaley  --  Nogin
  • accustomed = used to (adapted to and with an expectation of)
  • ...while his grey eyes,  accustomed to the shaded light of his study...
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • accustomed = adapted (grew used to)
  • 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
  • unaccustomed = not used to
    (editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unaccustomed means not and reverses the meaning of accustomed. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • Mattie was clearly accustomed to dealing with kids.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • accustomed = used to (adapted to and with an expectation of)
  • 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
  • accustomed = used to (with an expectation of)
  • Having been so accustomed to his absence, I found it incredible that he had been sitting beside me all this time, present.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • accustomed = used to
  • We have almost grown accustomed to it; war is a cause of death like cancer and tuberculosis, like influenza and dysentery.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • accustomed = used to (have adapted to and come to expect)
  • After a few hours I am no longer the only one, and by morning we are quite accustomed to it and ask for what we want without any false modesty.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • accustomed = used to (have adapted to and developed an expectation of)
  • They give us a thin soup which we spoon down greedily and scornfully, because we are accustomed to better times but are hungry all the same.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • accustomed = used to (have adapted to and have a usual expectation of)
  • Lately, however, all the kimono makers had been put to work sewing parachutes—for they were accustomed to working with silk, after all.
    Arthur Golden  --  Memoirs of a Geisha
  • accustomed = used to
  • It is hardest on adults who move here and are not accustomed to the agricultural dust.
    Pam Munoz Ryan  --  Esperanza Rising
accustomed = used to (familiar with)

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