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Definition of tan verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they tan
    he / she / it tans
    past simple tanned
    -ing form tanning
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] tan (somebody/something) if a person or their skin tans or is tanned, they become brown as a result of spending time in the sun My skin tans really easily.
  2. 2[transitive] tan something to make animal skin into leather by treating it with chemicals
  3. Idioms
    have/tan somebody's hide (old-fashioned) (informal or humorous)
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    to punish someone severely
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: tan