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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.AdmirersEnthusiastsAudiences and spectatorsEnthusiastsAdmirers

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.Machinery and machinesHousehold equipment and domestic chores 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.Shaking, swinging and vibrating to blow air at a fire to make it burn more stronglyIncreasing and intensifying

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.Deteriorating and making worse
Phrasal verbs
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