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English definition of “tan”


verb [I, T]     /tæn/ (present participle tanning, past tense and past participle tanned)
to become brown from the sun, or to make a person or body part become brown: I tan quite easily.The skin, and skin colourPersonal hygiene and appearance - general wordsCleaning generally
(Definition of tan verb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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