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Definition of fawn verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

fawn

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//fɔːn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fɔːn//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they fawn
BrE BrE//fɔːn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fɔːn//
 
he / she / it fawns
BrE BrE//fɔːnz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fɔːnz//
 
past simple fawned
BrE BrE//fɔːnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fɔːnd//
 
past participle fawned
BrE BrE//fɔːnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fɔːnd//
 
-ing form fawning
BrE BrE//ˈfɔːnɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːnɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive] fawn (on/over somebody) (disapproving) to try to please somebody by praising them or paying them too much attention He seemed unaware of the girl’s fawning admiration. Why is everybody fawning over him as if he were a national hero? Word Originverb Old English fagnian ‘make or be glad’, of Germanic origin; related to fain.
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