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funnoun [U]

uk   /fʌn/  us   /fʌn/
  • fun noun [U] (PLEASURE)

A1 pleasure, ​enjoyment, or ​entertainment: Have fun (= ​enjoy yourself)! Having fun (= are you ​enjoying yourself)? I really ​enjoyedyourparty - it was such good fun. She's great fun to be with. Mark was ​ill for most of the ​holiday so that took all the fun out of it. It's no fun/not much fun (= not ​enjoyable) having to ​work on Saturdays. a fun-​lovinggirl "We're going on a ​picnic this ​weekend." "What fun (= how ​enjoyable)!" The ​relationship was never going to ​work, but it was fun while it ​lasted.
for fun (also for the fun of it)
B1 for ​pleasure: I ​ran but just for fun.
make fun of sb/sth
B2 to make a ​joke about someone or something in a way that is not ​kind: The other ​children were always making fun of him because he was ​fat and ​woreglasses.

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  • fun noun [U] (GAME/JOKE)

behaviour or ​activities that are not ​serious; ​games or ​jokes: The ​children are always full of fun.UK I didn't ​mean to ​upset her - it was just a ​bit of fun. I didn't ​mean what I said, it was only in fun (= a ​joke).

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funadjective [before noun]

uk   /fʌn/  us   /fʌn/
(Definition of fun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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funnoun [U]

 us   /fʌn/
pleasure, ​enjoyment, ​amusement, or someone or something that ​causes this: Everybody had a lot of fun at the ​party. It’s no fun having to ​work on ​Saturdays. He ​studiesFrench just for fun/for the fun of it. I only said it in fun (= as a ​joke).

funadjective [not gradable]

 us   /fʌn/ infml
enjoyable: Going ​camping would be a really fun thing to do. Cindy is a fun ​person (= ​enjoyable to be with).
(Definition of fun from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “fun”
in Korean 재미…
in Arabic مَرَح…
in Malaysian bergembira…
in French plaisir…
in Russian удовольствие, развлечение…
in Chinese (Traditional) 快樂, 樂趣, 享受…
in Italian divertimento…
in Turkish eğlence, zevk…
in Polish zabawa…
in Spanish diversión…
in Vietnamese sự vui đùa, trò vui…
in Portuguese prazer, diversão…
in Thai ความสนุกสนาน…
in German der Spaß…
in Catalan diversió…
in Japanese 楽しみ, おもしろいこと…
in Chinese (Simplified) 快乐, 乐趣, 享受…
in Indonesian kesenangan…
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