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pan

noun uk   /pæn/ us  

pan noun (CONTAINER)

B1 [C] a metal container that is round and often has a long handle and a lid, used for cooking things on top of a cooker: Heat the milk in a small pan. This dishwasher even washes pots and pans (= different types of pan). [C] US ( UK tin) a metal container without a lid used for cooking food in the oven: Put both cake pans in the oven for half an hour.
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pan noun (TOILET)

[C] UK the bowl-shaped part of a toilet

pan noun (BETEL LEAF)

[U] →  paan

pan

verb uk   /pæn/ (-nn-) us  

pan verb (MOVE SLOWLY)

[I] (of a video camera) to move slowly from one side to another or up and down: In the first scene, the camera pans slowly across the room.

pan verb (CRITICIZE)

[T] informal to criticize something severely: The critics panned the movie version of the novel.
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