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fan

verb [T] (MAKE WORSE)    /fæn/ (-nn-) 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
(Definition of fan verb (MAKE WORSE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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