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fan

noun [C] uk   /fæn/ us  

fan noun [C] (PERSON)

A2 someone who admires and supports a person, sport, sports team, etc.: More than 15,000 Liverpool fans attended Saturday's game. He's a big fan of country music. I'm pleased to meet you - I'm a great fan of your work.

fan noun [C] (OBJECT/PIECE OF EQUIPMENT)

B1 an electric device with blades that turn quickly, used to move the air around: There was no air conditioning, just a ceiling fan turning slowly. an object made of folded paper or other material that you wave with your hand in order to move the air around : Fans are still used by many Spanish women during their hot summer as a means of keeping cool.

fan

verb [T] uk   /fæn/ (-nn-) us  

fan verb [T] (AIR)

to wave a fan, or something that acts as a fan, in front of your face: It was so hot in the car that I tried to fan myself with the road map. She sat down and began fanning her face. to blow air at a fire to make it burn more strongly

fan verb [T] (MAKE WORSE)

literary to encourage bad emotions or behaviour to get worse: to fan the violence/hatred The newspapers deliberately fanned the public's fears of losing their jobs.
Phrasal verbs
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