What is the Meaning of the English expression
(be/get) USED TO someone or something?
for those learning to speak English as a Second, or Additional, Language (ESL or EAL)
Note: This is the definition for BE USED TO, not for USED TO.
be familiar with something (or someone), through experience, so that it is no longer as difficult, or surprising
1. He doesn’t scare me. I am used to big, loud men.
2. I know the traffic is crazy, but I don’t mind driving here. I suppose I am used to it because I grew up here.
3. Before the divorce, she was used to a very high standard of living. Now she has to be careful with her spending.
4. If it is your first winter in Canada, you might think you can’t survive the cold weather. You will, though, get used to it and it becomes easier. Many newcomers to Canada love the snow and enjoy winter activities.
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