WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
wont /wɔnt, woʊnt, wʌnt/USA pronunciation   adj. [be + ~ + to + verb]
  1. accustomed;
    used:She is wont to rise at dawn.

n. [uncountable;  one's + ~]
  1. custom;
    habit:It was his wont to swim every day.

won't /woʊnt/USA pronunciation  
  • Pronouns[contraction.]a shortened form of will not.

  • WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
    wont  (wônt, wōnt, wunt),USA pronunciation adj., n., v.,  wont, wont  or  wont•ed, wont•ing. 
    1. accustomed;
      used (usually fol. by an infinitive):He was wont to rise at dawn.

    1. custom;
      practice:It was her wont to walk three miles before breakfast.

    1. to accustom (a person), as to a thing.
    2. to render (a thing) customary or usual (usually used passively).

    1. [Archaic.]to be wont.
    wontless, adj. 
    • 1300–50; (adjective, adjectival) Middle English wont, woned, Old English gewunod, past participle of gewunian to be used to (see won2); cognate with German gewöhnt; (verb, verbal) Middle English, back formation from wonted or wont (past participle); (noun, nominal) apparently from conflation of wont (past participle) with obsolete wone wish, in certain stereotyped phrases
      • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged habituated, wonted.
      • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged use.
      • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged unaccustomed.

    won't  (wōnt, wunt),USA pronunciation 
  • Pronounscontraction of will not: He won't see you now.
    • See  contraction. 

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    wont /wəʊnt/ adj
    1. (postpositive) accustomed (to doing something): he was wont to come early
    1. a manner or action habitually employed by or associated with someone (often in the phrases as is my wont, as is his wont, etc)
    1. (when tr, usually passive) to become or cause to become accustomed
    Etymology: Old English gewunod, past participle of wunian to be accustomed to; related to Old High German wunēn (German wohnen), Old Norse una to be satisfied; see wean1, wish, winsome

    won't /wəʊnt/ contraction of
    1. will not

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