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used to

1. Used before an infinitive verb to indicate an action or state that was done or existed formerly or previously. (The verb is sometimes dropped.) I used to be a high school principal, before I changed careers. A: "Do you have guitar I could borrow?" B: "I used to, but I sold it last year."
2. Familiar with or habituated to someone or something. Is she getting used to her new job? I know Gregory can be a bit pretentious at times, but you get used to him after a while. I never could get used to driving on the other side of the road when I lived in England.
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*used to someone or something

Fig. accustomed to someone or something; familiar and comfortable with someone or something. (*Typically: be ~; become ~; get~.) I am used to eating better food than this. I am used to the doctor I have and I don't want to change.
See also: used

used to do something

to have done something [customarily] in the past. We used to go swimming in the lake before it became polluted. I used to eat nuts, but then I became allergic to them.
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used to

1. Accustomed or habituated to. This expression is often put as be or get used to , as in I'm not used to driving a manual-shift car, or She can't get used to calling him Dad. [Early 1500s]
2. Formerly. This sense is used with a following verb to indicate a past state, as in I used to ride my bicycle to the post office, or This used to be the best restaurant in town. [Late 1800s]
See also: used
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"The Russian boy at Chelsea (Yuri Zhirkov) will take a time to settle and get used to it, and it will be no different for Bily.
If you don't get used to it fast, though, you'll soon be buying a new one.
"You get used to one way of touring, but with these guys it's nice to have a whole new look on tour."
But the 29-year-old said: "I feel like I need to get used to the ball a bit because it is a bit lighter than I am used to.
"The training is different, the way players and coaches approach training is different and it is a lot to get used to in a short space of time.
Did you have to draw the web pattern on the backs of the hangers at first to get used to them?