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tan

tan

 
pronunciation:
taen
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun, adjective
phrases:
tan one's hide
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: tanned, tanning, tans
definition 1: to convert (animal skin) into leather by soaking in a tanning solution.
After the animals are skinned, their hides are tanned.
definition 2: to make (oneself, or more specifically, one's skin) brown by exposure to the sun or a sunlamp.
She's tanning herself in the backyard.
definition 3: (informal) to beat; whip.
His father threatened to tan him if he didn't get out of the house and look for a job.
similar words:
hide, lick
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to become tanned.
He tans easily, but my skin always burns.
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phrase: tan one's hide
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a golden brown or light brown color.
The sand on the beach takes on a dark shade of tan after it rains.
similar words:
buff, neutral
definition 2: this color given to light skin by exposure to the sun or a sunlamp.
She always gets a tan in the summer because she swims outside every day.
definition 3: a solution made from tanbark, used to tan leather.
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part of speech: adjective
inflections: tanner, tannest
definition: of or pertaining to the color tan.
I bought a pair of tan sandals.
similar words:
buff
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derivation: tannish (adj.)
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