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pannoun [C]

 us   /pæn/

pan noun [C] (CONTAINER)

any of ​varioustypes of ​metalcontainers, usually not ​deep, used for ​cookingfood: a ​frying pan Louise moved around some ​pots and pans on the ​stove.

panverb

 us   /pæn/ (-nn-)

pan verb (CRITICIZE)

[T] infml to ​severelycriticize something: Critics panned the ​concert.

pan verb (MOVE SLOWLY)

[I] (of a ​moviecamera) to move ​gradually in one ​direction: Opening ​scenes panned the ​crowded, cluttered ​street.
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pannoun

uk   us   /pæn/

pan noun (CONTAINER)

B1 [C] a ​metalcontainer that is round and often has a ​longhandle and a ​lid, used for ​cooking things on ​top of a ​cooker: Heat the ​milk in a ​small pan. This ​dishwasherevenwashes pots and pans (= different ​types of pan). [C] US (UK tin) a ​metalcontainer without a ​lid used for ​cookingfood in the ​oven: Put both ​cake pans in the ​oven for ​half an ​hour.
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pan noun (TOILET)

[C] UK the bowl-shaped ​part of a ​toilet

pan noun (BETEL LEAF)

[U] →  paan

panverb

uk   us   /pæn/ (-nn-)

pan verb (MOVE SLOWLY)

[I] (of a ​videocamera) to ​moveslowly from one ​side to another or up and down: In the first ​scene, the ​camera pans ​slowly across the ​room.

pan verb (CRITICIZE)

[T] informal to ​criticize something ​severely: The ​critics panned the ​movieversion of the ​novel.
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pan-prefix

uk   us   /pæn-/
including or ​relating to all the ​places or ​people in a ​particulargroup: a pan-American ​conference a pan-European ​summit the Pan-African ​Congress
(Definition of pan from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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