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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]
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No amount of whining from him will make us go away, so he should get used to us. Perhaps if he got out and about more, he might meet some of us.
"I think United can get used to us getting better and better and there will be some great clashes in seasons to come."
"If you let them come in and they get used to us, it's not an 'us and them' thing any more.
According to IRNA, the Iranian official said that Iranians have got used to US rhetoric.
After giving her time to get used to us, we interviewed her to see how she's settled in.
"The general community has been used to us being hidden, and many of us have been told, `Stay in the closet and be quiet, and you won't be hurt,'" she told the Salt Lake Tribune.