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

     

    tan

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//tæn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tæn//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they tan
    BrE BrE//tæn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tæn//
     
    he / she / it tans
    BrE BrE//tænz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tænz//
     
    past simple tanned
    BrE BrE//tænd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tænd//
     
    past participle tanned
    BrE BrE//tænd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tænd//
     
    -ing form tanning
    BrE BrE//ˈtænɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtænɪŋ//
     
    The sun and the moon
     
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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. She tanned easily, despite her fair hair. You want your skin to tan evenly. See related entries: The sun and the moon
  2. 2[transitive] tan something to make animal skin into leather by treating it with chemicals
  3. Word Originverb late Old English tannian ‘convert into leather’, probably from medieval Latin tannare, perhaps of Celtic origin; reinforced in Middle English by Old French tanner.Idioms
    have/tan somebody’s hide
     
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    (old-fashioned, informal or humorous) to punish somebody severely
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: tan