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fannoun [C]

 us   /fæn/
  • fan noun [C] (DEVICE)

a ​device to ​provide a ​flow of ​air, either an ​object that you ​wave in ​front of you or a ​device with ​blades that are ​turned by a ​motor: a ​window fan
  • fan noun [C] (ADMIRER)

a ​person who is very much ​interested in and ​spends a lot of ​timewatching or ​reading about esp. an ​entertainer or ​sportsteam: a ​baseball fan

fanverb [T]

 us   /fæn/ (-nn-)
to ​wave a fan, or something that ​acts as a fan, in ​front of ​yourface: It was very ​hot in the ​car, so I fanned myself with the ​roadmap.
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"fan" in British English

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fannoun [C]

uk   /fæn/  us   /fæn/
  • fan noun [C] (PERSON)

A2 someone who ​admires and ​supports a ​person, ​sport, ​sportsteam, etc.: More than 15,000 Liverpool fans ​attended Saturday's ​game. He's a ​great fan ofcountrymusic. I'm ​pleased to ​meet you - I'm a ​big fan ofyourwork.

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  • fan noun [C] (OBJECT/PIECE OF EQUIPMENT)

B1 an ​electricdevice with ​blades that ​turnquickly, used to ​move the ​air around: There was no ​airconditioning, just a ​ceiling fan ​turningslowly.
an ​object made of ​foldedpaper or other ​material that you ​wave with ​yourhand in ​order to ​move the ​air around : Fans are still used by many ​Spanish women during ​theirhotsummer as a ​means of ​keepingcool.

fanverb [T]

uk   /fæn/  us   /fæn/ (-nn-)
  • fan verb [T] (AIR)

to ​wave a fan, or something that ​acts as a fan, in ​front of ​yourface: It was so ​hot in the ​car that I ​tried to fan myself with the ​roadmap. She ​sat down and ​began fanning her ​face.
to ​blowair at a ​fire to make it ​burn more ​strongly
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(Definition of fan from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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