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

     

    fan

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 3fan something (literary) to make a feeling, an attitude, etc. stronger synonym fuel His reluctance to answer her questions simply fanned her curiosity.
  4. Word Originverb Old English fann (as a noun denoting a device for winnowing grain), fannian (verb), from Latin vannus ‘winnowing fan’. Compare with vane. Idioms
    fan the flames (of something)
     
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    to make a feeling such as anger, hatred, etc. worse His writings fanned the flames of racism.
    Phrasal Verbsfan out
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: fan