Meaning of PAN in English


I. pan 1 S3 W3 /pæn/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Language: Old English ; Origin: panne ]

1 . FOR COOKING a round metal container that you use for cooking, usually with one long handle and a lid SYN saucepan :

a frying pan

pots and pans

Cook the pasta in a large pan of boiling water.

2 . FOR BAKING CAKES ETC American English a metal container for baking things in SYN tin British English :

a cake pan

3 . OPEN CONTAINER American English a wide, usually round, open container with low sides, used for holding liquids

4 . TOILET British English the bowl of a toilet

5 . go down the pan British English informal to be wasted or become useless or ruined:

The business is rapidly going down the pan.

⇨ ↑ warming pan , ⇨ a flash in the pan at ↑ flash 2 (5)

II. pan 2 BrE AmE verb ( past tense and past participle panned , present participle panning )

[ Sense 1,3: Date: 1800-1900 ; Origin: ⇨ ↑ pan 1 ]

[ Sense 2: Date: 1900-2000 ; Origin: panorama ]

1 . CRITICIZE [transitive] informal to strongly criticize a film, play etc in a newspaper or on television or radio:

The movie was panned by the critics.


a) [intransitive always + adverb/preposition] if a film or television camera pans in a particular direction, it moves in that direction and follows the thing that is being filmed:

The camera panned slowly across the crowd.

b) [intransitive and transitive] to move a camera in this way

3 . GOLD [intransitive and transitive] to wash soil in a metal container in order to separate gold from other substances

pan for

panning for gold in Alaska

pan out phrasal verb

to happen or develop in a particular way:

We’ll have to see how things pan out.

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▪ criticize to say what you think is bad about someone or something:

He was criticized for not being tough enough with the terrorists.


Stop criticizing my friends!


It’s easy to criticize, but not so easy to offer helpful solutions.

▪ be critical of somebody/something to criticize someone or something, especially by giving detailed reasons for this:

The report was highly critical of the police investigation.


The press have been critical of his leadership style.

▪ attack to criticize someone or something very strongly, especially publicly in the newspapers, on TV etc:

They attacked the government’s decision to undertake nuclear weapons tests.

▪ lay into somebody/tear into somebody to criticize someone very strongly for something they have done, especially by shouting at them:

He started laying into one of his staff for being late.

▪ tear somebody/something to shreds to find a lot of things wrong with someone’s arguments or ideas and make them seem very weak:

The prosecution will tear him to shreds.

▪ pan to strongly criticize a film, play etc in the newspapers, on TV etc:

Her first movie was panned by the critics.

▪ be pilloried especially written to be strongly criticized by a lot of people in the newspapers, on TV etc:

He was pilloried in the right-wing press.

▪ condemn to say very strongly in public that you do not approve of something or someone, especially because you think they are morally wrong:

Politicians were quick to condemn the bombing.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.