fanning, fanned1 fan somebody/something/yourself to make air blow onto somebody/something by waving a fan, your hand, etcHe fanned himself with a newspaper to cool down.A warm breeze fanned her cheeks.2 fan something to make a fire burn more strongly by blowing on itFanned by a westerly wind, the fire spread rapidly through the city.3 fan something (literary) to make a feeling, an attitude, etc. stronger
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SynonymfuelHis reluctance to answer her questions simply fanned her curiosity.
fan the flames (of something)
to make a feeling such as anger, hatred, etc. worseHis writings fanned the flames of racism.