Meaning of FAN in English


(~s, ~ning, ~ned)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.


If you are a ~ of someone or something, especially a famous person or a sport, you like them very much and are very interested in them.

As a boy he was a Manchester United ~...

I am a great ~ of rave music.

N-COUNT: usu n N, N of n


A ~ is a flat object that you hold in your hand and wave in order to move the air and make yourself feel cooler.



If you ~ yourself or your face when you are hot, you wave a ~ or other flat object in order to make yourself feel cooler.

She would have to wait in the truck, ~ning herself with a piece of cardboard...

Mo kept bringing me out refreshments and ~ning me as it was that hot.

VERB: V pron-refl, V n


A ~ is a piece of electrical or mechanical equipment with blades that go round and round. It keeps a room or machine cool or gets rid of unpleasant smells.

He cools himself in front of an electric ~. extractor ~.

N-COUNT: oft supp N


If you ~ a fire, you wave something flat next to it in order to make it burn more strongly. If a wind ~s a fire, it blows on it and makes it burn more strongly.

During the afternoon, hot winds ~ the flames.



If someone ~s an emotion such as fear, hatred, or passion, they deliberately do things to make people feel the emotion more strongly.

He said students were ~ning social unrest with their violent protests.

= fuel



to ~ the flames: see flame

the shit hit the ~: see shit

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