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Meaning of “custom” in the English Dictionary

"custom" in British English

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customnoun

uk   us   /ˈkʌs.təm/
  • custom noun (USUAL WAY)

B1 [C or U] a way of ​behaving or a ​belief that has been ​established for a ​longtime: a ​local/​ancient custom [+ to infinitive] In my ​country, it's the custom (for women) to get ​married in ​white. [S] something you usually do: He ​left the ​house at nine ​exactly, as is his custom.

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custom-prefix

uk   us   /kʌs.təm-/
(Definition of custom from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"custom" in American English

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customnoun

 us   /ˈkʌs·təm/
  • custom noun (TRADITION)

[C/U] a way of ​behaving or a ​belief that has been ​established for a ​longtime among a ​group of ​people: [C] It was a time-honored custom of the ​club that ​bluechairs were ​reserved for ​seniormembers only. [C] She’s ​studying the ​language and customs of the Hopi ​Indians.
  • custom noun (USUAL ACTIVITY)

[C] something you usually do: He ​left the ​house at nine ​exactly, as was his custom.

customadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈkʌs·təm/
made for a ​particularperson to ​buy: custom ​drapes/​woodworking
customize
verb [T]  us   /ˈkʌs·təˌmɑɪz/
We will customize ​existingsoftware to ​meetourclients’ ​needs.
(Definition of custom from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"custom" in Business English

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customnoun

uk   us   /ˈkʌstəm/
[U] mainly UK COMMERCE the ​support given to a ​business, especially a ​store, by the ​people who ​buy things or ​services from it: Most of our custom comes from ​tourists. If we don't give good ​service, ​people will take their custom elsewhere. lose/need/want sb's custom
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[C or U] a way of ​behaving or doing something which has existed for a ​longtime and is considered as the usual way: There is a custom that ​banksbuy at the ​top of the ​market and ​sell at the ​bottom. The ​solicitors suggested that the ​advice from the British Bankers' Association counted only as custom and ​practice and was not in fact ​law.

customadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /ˈkʌstəm/
PRODUCTION specially ​designed for a particular ​person or ​purpose: custom-designed/made/built Getting ​parts for ​custom-builtcars can take six months to a ​year. The ​company was ​founded in 1921 as a ​builder of custom homes. Banks and ​privatecompaniespay for custom ​newsfeeds that ​serve their own ​needs. The music ​industry is being ​turnedupside down by our ​ability to go to a ​website and ​downloadMP3 music ​tracks or get custom ​CDs made.
(Definition of custom from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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