accustomed to

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accustomed to

1. 'accustomed to'

If you are accustomed to something, you have become familiar with it and you no longer find it strange. Accustomed to usually comes after linking verbs such as be, become, get, and grow.

It did not get lighter, but I became accustomed to the dark.
I am not accustomed to being interrupted.

Be Careful!
Don't say that someone is 'accustomed with' something.

2. 'used to'

In conversation and in less formal writing, you don't usually say that someone is 'accustomed to' something. You say that they are used to it. Used to usually comes after be or get.

The company is used to much stronger growth.
It's very noisy here, but you'll get used to it.

You can say that someone is accustomed to doing something or used to doing something.

The manager is accustomed to working late.
We are used to queueing.

Be Careful!
Don't say that someone is 'accustomed to do' something or 'used to do' something.

مُعْتَاد عَلَى
vant til


(əˈkastəm) verb
to make (especially oneself) familiar with or used to. He soon accustomed himself to the idea.
acˈcustomed adjective
usual. his accustomed seat.
accustomed to
familiar with or used to. I am not accustomed to being treated like this.
References in classic literature ?
The phoenix was to let, on this elevated perch, when Mr Dorrit, who had lately succeeded to his property, mentioned to his bankers that he wished to discover a lady, well-bred, accomplished, well connected, well accustomed to good society, who was qualified at once to complete the education of his daughters, and to be their matron or chaperon.
The brilliant birds and the little monkeys had become accustomed to their new acquaintances, and as they had evidently never seen human beings before they presently, after their first fright had worn off, approached closer and closer, impelled by that strange curiosity which dominates the wild creatures of the forest and the jungle and the plain, so that within the first month several of the birds had gone so far as even to accept morsels of food from the friendly hands of the Claytons.
A BLIND MAN was accustomed to distinguishing different animals by touching them with his hands.
Such dominions thus acquired are either accustomed to live under a prince, or to live in freedom; and are acquired either by the arms of the prince himself, or of others, or else by fortune or by ability.
Adrienne had arranged every thing in her own mind, and I was to be produced only at those extra hours in the morning, when she had been accustomed to take exercise in the open air.
Poor Swartz was seated in a place where Emmy had been accustomed to sit.
The long chains of simple and easy reasonings by means of which geometers are accustomed to reach the conclusions of their most difficult demonstrations, had led me to imagine that all things, to the knowledge of which man is competent, are mutually connected in the same way, and that there is nothing so far removed from us as to be beyond our reach, or so hidden that we cannot discover it, provided only we abstain from accepting the false for the true, and always preserve in our thoughts the order necessary for the deduction of one truth from another.
Their eyes, not yet accustomed to the darkness of the interior, told them nothing, nor did they hear any sound, for the ape stood silently awaiting their attack.
He had been accustomed to succeed in all that he undertook.
I have always been accustomed to check her, in this respect.
When a little lad, it was between Claude Frollo's legs that he was accustomed to seek refuge, when the dogs and the children barked after him.
He had not only become known, but people had grown accustomed to him and accepted him.