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  • verb Third-person singular simple present indicative form of accustom.


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  • All of history accustoms us to this way of thinking.

    Craig Barnes: Good and Evil in a Troubled World

  • Paris very speedily accustoms herself to anything, — it is only a riot, — and Paris has so many affairs on hand, that she does not put herself out for so small a matter.

    Les Miserables

  • For starters: "temporarily" handing over his power to deputies accustoms his subjects to government by Fidel's handpicked successors -- as if the successors were Fidel Castro himself.

    Susan Braudy: Is Fidel Castro Masterminding A Slow Fade? Or Is He Dead?

  • Though afterwards the mind takes the quite contrary course, and having drawn its knowledge into as general propositions as it can, makes those familiar to its thoughts, and accustoms itself to have recourse to them, as to the standards of truth and falsehood.

    An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

  • He has only the experience which accustoms him to judge of the distance between himself and the place whence the noise proceeds.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • This _esprit du pays_, although it is sometimes carried to a ridiculous extent, is greatly to be preferred to the abusive manner in which an Englishman accustoms himself to speak of the glorious country to which he appears to feel it a disgrace to belong.

    The Englishwoman in America

  • He takes a part in every occurrence in the place; he practises the art of government in the small sphere within his reach; he accustoms himself to those forms which can alone ensure the steady progress of liberty; he imbibes their spirit; he acquires a taste for order, comprehends the union of the balance of powers, and collects clear practical notions on the nature of his duties and the extent of his rights.

    Interaction Design Grand Challenges

  • Intellectual purification, or dialectic, trains the soul in abstract thought; it weans the soul from dependence on the world of sense and accustoms it to the more austere, but also more real because eternal, world of the Forms or Ideas.

    Love is the highest form of knowing

  • But still, just the way it is, it can do what the rest are not yet able to do: unremembered not even dreamt of it accustoms me to death.

    A Domestication of Death: The Poetic Universe of Wislawa Szymborska

  • Law school accustoms future lawyers to discerning theoretical constructs, either in past decisions or in legal principles, and applying them to the case at hand.

    Close Up: The Mind of George W. Bush


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