- 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.
- 2[transitive] tan something to make animal skin into leather by treating it with chemicals Idioms
NAmE//tæn//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they tan
he / she / it tans
past simple tanned
-ing form tanning
to punish someone severely
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