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Meaning of “tan” in the English Dictionary

"tan" in British English

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tannoun [C]

uk   us   /tæn/ (also suntan)
B2 pleasantlybrownskincaused by being in the ​hotsun: a ​deep tan

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tanadjective

uk   us   /tæn/

tanverb

uk   us   /tæn/ (-nn-)
  • tan verb (COLOUR)

[I or T] to ​becomebrown, 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.

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tanabbreviation

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

"tan" in American English

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tanadjective, noun [U]

 us   /tæn/ (-nn-)
  • tan adjective, noun [U] (COLOR)

(of) a ​lightbrown or yellow-brown ​color: a tan ​jacket

tannoun [C usually sing]

 us   /tæn/ (also suntan)
the ​darkerskin that ​whitepeople often get from being in the ​sun: Ann’s sundress ​shows off her tan.
tan
adjective  us   /tæn/ (-nn-) (also tanned)
a tanned ​face

tanverb

 us   /tæn/ (-nn-)
  • tan verb (CHANGE INTO LEATHER)

[T] to ​change an ​animalskin into ​leather by ​wetting it with ​specialchemicals
  • tan verb (GET DARKER SKIN)

[I] to ​becomedarker from being in the ​sun: Judy tans ​easily.
(Definition of tan from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"TAN" in Business English

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TAN

uk   us   TAX
abbreviation for tax anticipation note
(Definition of TAN from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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