- 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[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[intransitive, transitive] pan (for) something to wash soil or small stones in a pan to find gold or other valuable minerals panning for gold 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
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//