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verb uk   us   /biːn/ /bɪn/
past participle of be used to mean "visited" or "travelled",: I've never been to Kenya, but I hope to visit it next year. "Have you ever been there before?" - "Yes, I've been twice." used as the past participle of "go" when the action referred to is finished: She's been to the hairdresser's (= and now she has returned). Do you need to go to the bathroom, or have you already been? UK used to mean "arrived": The postman hasn't been yet. The doctor's just been (= has arrived and left).
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