used to


Definition of used to

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: familiar with something so that it seems normal or usual I'm not used to driving this car yet. He is used to criticism. The dog will need a few days to become used to its new home. She quickly got used to the warm weather.

used to


Definition of used to (Entry 2 of 2)

1 used to say a situation existed in the past but does not exist nowMy grandmother said winters used to be harder here.
2 used to say something happened repeatedly in the past but does not happen nowWe used to go out more often.They used to eat a lot of junk food but now they only eat healthy foods.

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“Used to.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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