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verb [transitive] fan pronunciation in British English /fæn/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlefanning
past tensefanned
past participlefanned
  1. 1
    to move a flat object backwards and forwards in front of your face in order to make you feel less hot
    The audience fanned themselves with their programmes.
  2. 2
    to make a fire burn more strongly by moving air onto it
    Strong winds fanned the fire, which soon spread.
  3. 3
    formal to make a feeling or belief stronger
    His excuses fanned her anger even further.
    fan the flames of something: a speech which fanned the flames of hatred

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… a feeling of pleasure you get from spending time doing what you want and not worrying about what other people are doing or saying

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