Meaning of “used” in the English Dictionary

"used" in British 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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  • She's used to dealing with difficult customers.
  • After a while you get used to all the noise.
  • I'm so used to living alone now, I don't think I would like sharing with anyone again.
  • I'm not used to driving an automatic car - I keep trying to change gear!
  • Dad was used to being in charge and it was difficult for him to take orders from anyone.

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.

(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)