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verb [transitive] span pronunciation in British English /spæn/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyspan
he/she/itspans
present participlespanning
past tensespanned
past participlespanned
  1. 1
    to last for a particular period of time, especially a long period
    His career spanned half a century.
  2. 2
    to include the whole of an area
    Our business spans the globe.
  3. 3
    if a bridge spans an area of water, it crosses it
    Little grey bridges span the canals.
  4. 4
    to include a number of different things
    a leisure business spanning hotels, restaurants, casinos, and pubs

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