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adjective [never before noun] used to pronunciation in British English /ˈjuːst tuː/

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  1. familiar with something because you have often experienced it before, so it no longer seems difficult or strange
    be used to (doing) something:

    Deborah was used to working on difficult assignments.

    I'm tired – I'm not used to these late nights.

    It's completely different from what people are used to.

    get used to (doing) something:

    I haven't got used to the new system yet.

    It took weeks to get used to having someone else around.

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