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.

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مُعْتَاد عَلَى
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(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.
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These, then, and such-like things ought to be the first object of our attention: the next age to this continues till the child is five years old; during which time it is best to teach him nothing at all, not even necessary labour, lest it should hinder his growth; but he should be accustomed to use so much motion as not to acquire a lazy habit of body; which he will get by various means and by play also: his play also ought to be neither illiberal nor too laborious nor lazy.
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.
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His eminence came in softly, lightly, and silently as a shadow, and surprised the countenance of the comte, as he was accustomed to do, pretending to divine by the simple expression of the face of his interlocutor what would be the result of the conversation.
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.
These two men who had lived so long together in a community of intelligence, and whose eyes, accustomed to economize expressions, knew how to say so many things silently - these two old friends, one as noble as the other in heart, if they were unequal in fortune and birth, remained tongue-tied whilst looking at each other.
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.
A more forlorn set they had never encountered: they had not a morsel of meat or fish; nor anything to subsist on, excepting roots, wild rosebuds, the barks of certain plants, and other vegetable production; neither had they any weapon for hunting or defence, excepting an old spear: yet the poor fellows made no murmur nor complaint; but seemed accustomed to their hard fare.
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.
They already began to consider themselves on a par with the M'Tavishes, the M'Gillivrays, the Frobishers, and the other magnates of the Northwest, whom they had been accustomed to look up to as the great ones of the earth; and they were a little disposed, perhaps, to wear their suddenly-acquired honors with some air of pretension.
Poor Swartz was seated in a place where Emmy had been accustomed to sit.