fan

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Noun[change]

Singular
fan

Plural
fans

  1. A thing that moves air to help people stay cool; either a small paper thing a person holds in their hand, or a machine with a part that turns fast to push the air.
    She held the fan in front of her face so people wouldn't see her smile.
    Turn on the fan! It's hot here!
  2. A person who supports another person or team.
    John is a fan of that soccer club.
    When he kicked the ball into the goal, all his fans cheered loudly.

Verb[change]

Plain form
fan

Third-person singular
fans

Past tense
fanned

Past participle
fanned

Present participle
fanning

  1. (transitive) To blow air on something, often with a fan.
    We had to fan ourselves with our programs because it was so hot and crowded in the auditorium.
    We enjoyed standing at the edge of the cliff, being fanned by the wind.
  2. (intransitive) (usually to fan out) To move or spread in many directions from one point, similar to the shape of a hand-held fan.