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"been" in British English

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beenverb

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).
(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 ​meanvisited 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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