custom

[[t]kʌ̱stəm[/t]]
1) N-VAR: usu with supp, oft N of -ing A custom is an activity, a way of behaving, or an event which is usual or traditional in a particular society or in particular circumstances.

The custom of lighting the Olympic flame goes back centuries...

Chung has tried to adapt to local customs.

2) N-SING: oft with poss If it is your custom to do something, you usually do it in particular circumstances.

It was his custom to approach every problem cautiously...

As is the custom, police forensic experts carried out a painstaking search of the debris.

3) N-UNCOUNT: usu with poss If a shop has your custom, you regularly buy things there. [BRIT, FORMAL]

You have the right to withhold your custom if you so wish...

Providing discounts is not the only way to win custom.

4) ADJ: ADJ n If you use custom to describe something such as a vehicle or a piece of clothing, you mean that it has been designed for one particular customer.

Her one-of-a-kind custom garments are priced from one hundred dollars to more than a thousand dollars.

5) See also customs

English dictionary. 2008.

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