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

     

    pan1

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//pæn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pæn//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pan
    BrE BrE//pæn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pæn//
     
    he / she / it pans
    BrE BrE//pænz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pænz//
     
    past simple panned
    BrE BrE//pænd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pænd//
     
    past participle panned
    BrE BrE//pænd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pænd//
     
    -ing form panning
    BrE BrE//ˈpænɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpænɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[transitive, usually passive] pan something (informal) to severely criticize something such as a play or a film/movie synonym slate The television series was panned by critics and viewers alike.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] if a television or video camera pans somewhere, or a person pans or pans a camera, the camera moves in a particular direction, to follow an object or to film a wide area + adv./prep. The camera panned back to the audience. pan something + adv./prep. He panned the camera along the row of faces.
  3. 3[intransitive, transitive] pan (for) something to wash soil or small stones in a pan to find gold or other valuable minerals panning for gold
  4. Word Originverb sense 1 and verb sense 3 Old English panne, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch pan, German Pfanne, perhaps based on Latin patina ‘dish’. Phrasal Verbspan out