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"been" in British English

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beenverb

uk   /biːn/ /bɪn/ 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).
(Definition of been from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"been" in American English

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been

us   /bɪn/
past participle of be
Been is also used to mean visited or traveled: "Have you ever been to Africa?" "No, I’ve never been there, but I’d love to go."
(Definition of been from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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