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"tan" in American English

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tanadjective, noun [U]

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

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

tannoun [C usually sing]

us   /tæn/ also suntan
the darker skin that white people often get from being in the sun: Ann’s sundress shows off her tan.
adjective us   /tæn/ -nn- also tanned
a tanned face


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

[T] to change an animal skin into leather by wetting it with special chemicals
  • tan verb (GET DARKER SKIN)

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

"tan" in British English

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tannoun [C]

uk   /tæn/ us   /tæn/ also suntan
B2 pleasantly brown skin caused by being in the hot sun: a deep tan

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uk   /tæn/ us   /tæn/


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

[I or T] to become brown, 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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uk   /tæn/ us   /tæn/
(Definition of tan from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"TAN" in Business English

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