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CUSTOM, noun [Latin]

1. Frequent or common use, or practice; a frequent repetition o the same act; hence, way; established manner; habitual practice.

The prists custom with the people was--- 1 Samuel 2:13.

We have no such custom 1 Corinthians 11:16.

The customs of the people are vain. Jeremiah 10:3.

2. A buying of goods; practice of frequenting a shop and purchasing or procuring to be done.

Let him have your custom but not your votes.

The shopkeeper has extensive custom or a good run of custom A mill or a manufacturer has extensive custom or little custom

3. In law, long established practice, or usage, which constitutes the unwritten law, and long consent to which gives it authority. Customs are general, which extend over a state or kingdom, and particular, which are limited to a city or district.

CUSTOM, verb intransitive

1. To make familiar. [See Accustom, which is the word used.]

2. To give custom to.

CUSTOM, noun Tribute, toll or tax; that is, cost or charge paid to the public.

Render custom to whom custom is due. Romans 13:7.

CUSTOMs, in the plural, the duties imposed by law on merchandize imported or exported. IN Great Britain and the United States, this word is limited to these species of duties.