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used to

(juːst)
adj
made familiar with; accustomed to: I am used to hitchhiking.
vb (tr)
(takes an infinitive or implied infinitive) used as an auxiliary to express habitual or accustomed actions, states, etc, taking place in the past but not continuing into the present: I don't drink these days, but I used to; I used to fish here every day.
Usage: The most common negative form of used to is didn't used to (or didn't use to), but in formal contexts used not to is preferred

used to

1. main meaning

If something used to /juːs tuː, juːs tə/ happen, it happened regularly in the past but does not happen now. Similarly, if something used to be true, it was true in the past but is not true now.

She used to go swimming every day.
I used to be afraid of you.
2. 'used to' in negative structures

In conversation, you can say that something didn't use to happen or didn't use to be true.

The house didn't use to be so clean.

Be Careful!
Many people use the form didn't used to instead of didn't use to. However, some people think that this use is incorrect.

They didn't used to mind what we did.

You can also say that something never used to happen or be true.

Where I lived before, we never used to have posters on the walls.
Snooker and darts never used to be shown on television.

You can also say that something used not to happen or be true. This is a fairly formal use.

It used not to be taxable, but now it will be subject to tax.

Be Careful!
In standard English you don't say that something 'usedn't to' happen or be true.

3. 'used to' in questions

You form yes/no-questions with used to by putting did in front of the subject, followed by use to.

Did you use to do that, when you were a kid?

Be Careful!
Many people use the form used to instead of use to in questions. However, some people think that this use is incorrect.

Did you used to live here?

Used to can also be used in wh-questions. If the wh-word is the subject of the clause, or part of the subject, you put used to after it, without an auxiliary verb.

What used to annoy you most about him?

If the wh-word is the object of the clause, or part of the object, you use the auxiliary verb do after it, followed by the subject and used to.

What did you used to do on Sundays?
4. familiarity

Used to has another meaning. If you are used to something, you have become familiar with it and you accept it. With this sense, used to is preceded by the verb be or get, and is followed by a noun or an -ing form.

It doesn't frighten them. They're used to it.
I'm used to getting up early.
It's very noisy here, but you'll get used to it.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.used to - in the habitused to - in the habit; "I am used to hitchhiking"; "you'll get used to the idea"; "...was wont to complain that this is a cold world"- Henry David Thoreau
accustomed - (often followed by `to') in the habit of or adapted to; "accustomed to doing her own work"; "I've grown accustomed to her face"

used to

adjective accustomed to, familiar with, in the habit of, given to, at home in, attuned to, tolerant of, wont to, inured to, hardened to, habituated to I'm used to having my sleep interrupted.
Translations
إعْتادَ أن
bývatmívat ve zvyku
pleje
-szokva
var vanur aî; var einu sinni
eskiden ardı

use1

(juːz) verb
1. to employ (something) for a purpose. What did you use to open the can?; Use your common sense!
2. to consume. We're using far too much electricity.
ˈusable adjective
that can be used. Are any of these clothes usable?
used adjective
1. employed or put to a purpose. This road is not used any more.
2. not new. used cars.
ˈuser noun
a person who uses something. computer users; drug-users.
ˌuser-ˈfriendly adjective
(of a computer, dictionary, system etc) that is easy or simple to use, understand etc. a user-friendly camera.
ˌuser ˈguide noun
a list of instructions etc on how to use a particular product, system etc. The attached user guide explains how to install the program on your computer.
be used to (something) (ˈjuːstu)
accustomed to. She isn't used to such hard work.
used to (ˈjuːstu) negative short forms usedn't to, ~usen't to (ˈjuːsntu)
– (I, he etc) was in the habit of (doing something); (I, he etc) was (usually) in a particular position, state etc. I used to swim every day; She used not to be so forgetful; They used to play golf, didn't they?; Didn't you use(d) to live near me?; There used to be a butcher's shop there, didn't there?
References in classic literature ?
Primarily and most properly the term has reference to time: in this sense the word is used to indicate that one thing is older or more ancient than another, for the expressions 'older' and 'more ancient' imply greater length of time.
I wished for nothing better; I used to tell them everything and hid nothing from them.
I used to think these four walls could stand against anything.
I used to love to drift along the pale-yellow cornfields, looking for the damp spots one sometimes found at their edges, where the smartweed soon turned a rich copper colour and the narrow brown leaves hung curled like cocoons about the swollen joints of the stem.
We are getting used to tidy, noiseless waiters, who glide hither and thither, and hover about your back and your elbows like butterflies, quick to comprehend orders, quick to fill them; thankful for a gratuity without regard to the amount; and always polite--never otherwise than polite.
This bread I used to be- stow upon the hungry little urchins, who, in return, would give me that more valuable bread of knowl- edge.
When it was hot we used to stand by the pond in the shade of the trees, and when it was cold we had a nice warm shed near the grove.
In spring- time how that naughty tree used to flash its silver nakedness of blossom for miles across the furze and scattered birches!
I remember a coasting pilot of my early acquaintance (he used to read the papers assiduously) who, to define the utmost degree of lubberliness in a landsman, used to say, "He's one of them poor, miserable 'cast-anchor' devils.
and, if I give out, I shall get used to 't, and grow, little by little, just like 'em
A Lion used to prowl about a field in which Four Oxen used to dwell.
5) Words may be used to describe or recall a memory-image: to describe it when it already exists, or to recall it when the words exist as a habit and are known to be descriptive of some past experience.