- 1fan somebody/something/yourself to make air blow onto somebody/something by waving a fan, your hand, etc. He fanned himself with a newspaper to cool down. A warm breeze fanned her cheeks.
- 2fan something to make a fire burn more strongly by blowing on it Fanned by a westerly wind, the fire spread rapidly through the city.
- 3fan something (literary) to make a feeling, an attitude, etc. stronger synonym fuel His reluctance to answer her questions simply fanned her curiosity. Word Originverb Old English fann (as a noun denoting a device for winnowing grain), fannian (verb), from Latin vannus
BrE BrE//fæn//; NAmE NAmE//fæn//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they fan
BrE BrE//fæn//; NAmE NAmE//fæn//he / she / it fans
BrE BrE//fænz//; NAmE NAmE//fænz//past simple fanned
BrE BrE//fænd//; NAmE NAmE//fænd//past participle fanned
BrE BrE//fænd//; NAmE NAmE//fænd//-ing form fanning
BrE BrE//ˈfænɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈfænɪŋ//