In order to discover the semantic difference between these two words, I need to figure out how the following sentences differ in meaning:

  • Try to make your child get used to healthy foods.
  • Try to accustom your child to healthy foods.
  • It's something, not sth. Apr 16, 2019 at 14:06
  • Possible duplicate of "Be accustomed to" Vs "Get used to" Apr 16, 2019 at 14:07
  • @Jason Bassford thank you for the attention; I am trying to give up this habit of mine and write completely! Meanwhile, the previous question did not solve my problem completely and whereas I have flagged several threads to the moderators and they were left unresponded, so I decided raising a separated case grasp find out the semantic neance beweet the two structures! Hopefuly, "virolono" solved the problem here!
    – A-friend
    Apr 16, 2019 at 15:30

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"make" somebody do something implies "forcing" somebody to do something.

The two sentences would have the same meaning if you would change "make" with "help":

Try to help your child get used to healthy foods.

  • Thank you @virolino , but to make it clearer let's suppose two other examples; in a case of difficulty which someone is going through, how do the following sentences differ in meaning: Try to make yourself get used to these conditions VS Try to accustom yourself to these conditions? The same goes here?
    – A-friend
    Apr 16, 2019 at 11:37
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    "Try to get yourself used to these conditions" and "Try to accustom yourself to these conditions" have the same meaning. No need for "make", which again implies "against your own wish".
    – virolino
    Apr 16, 2019 at 11:39
  • Therefore, ommiting "make" in my original post and replacing it with the structure "get someone used to something" and just saying: "Try to get your child used to healthy food" would be an equivalent for "accustom your child". Right?
    – A-friend
    Apr 16, 2019 at 11:47
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    Yes, that is my understanding.
    – virolino
    Apr 16, 2019 at 11:48

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