Meaning of “used” in the English Dictionary

"used" in English

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uk /juːst/ us /juːst/


uk /juːst/ /juːzd/ us /juːst/ /juːzd/

used adjective (FAMILIAR)

be used to sth/sb us uk /juːst/

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B1 to be familiar with something or someone:

We're used to tourists here - we get thousands every year.
[ + -ing verb ] She was not used to speaking Cantonese.
get used to sth/sb B1

to become familiar with something or someone:

Eventually you'll get used to the smells of the laboratory.
[ + -ing verb ] I just can't get used to getting up early.

used adjective (NOT NEW)

uk /juːzd/ us that has already been put to the purpose it was intended for; not new:

The blackmailers demanded to be paid in used £20 notes.
I could only afford a used car (= one that has already been owned by others).

(Definition of “used” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"used" in American English

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usedadjective [ not gradable ]

us /juzd/

used adjective [ not gradable ] (NOT NEW)

already owned or put to a purpose by someone else; not new:

We’re looking for a used car in good condition.

(Definition of “used” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"used" in Business English

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uk /juːzd/ us

COMMERCE used goods, cars, etc. have belonged to someone else and are not new when you buy them:

(Definition of “used” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)