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English definition of “tan”

tan

noun [C] uk   /tæn/ (also suntan) us  
B2 pleasantly brown skin caused by being in the hot sun: a deep tan

tan

adjective uk   /tæn/ us  
pale yellowish-brown in colour
tan
noun [U] uk   us  

tan

verb uk   /tæn/ (-nn-) us  

tan verb (COLOUR)

[I or T] to become brown, or to make someone's body or skin, etc. brown, from being in the sun: Her skin tans very quickly in the summer. I need to tan my legs before the holiday. Tanned workmen were sitting around the dock.

tan verb (LEATHER)

[T] to change animal skin into leather using special chemicals such as tannin

tan

abbreviation uk   /tæn/ us  
written abbreviation for tangent
(Definition of tan from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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