Synonyms of fan in English:



  • his living room had a couple of ceiling fans
  • verb

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  • 1 she lifted a hand to fan her hot cheeks
    cool, air, aerate, blow, ventilate; freshen, refresh
  • 2 the article fanned the public's fear of nuclear radiation
    intensify, increase, agitate, inflame, exacerbate; stimulate, stir up, work up, whip up, incite, fuel, animate; ignite, kindle, trigger, spark, instigate, arouse, excite, provoke, foment
  • 3 the police squad fanned out with their weapons at the ready
    spread, open, branch, stretch; outspread, unfurl, unfold
  • Phrases

    fan the flames of

  • 1 instead of being a calming force you fanned the flames of hostility
    stir up, whip up, encourage, incite, stoke up, fuel, kindle, ignite, inflame, stimulate, instigate, provoke, excite, arouse, awaken, waken, inspire, trigger, spark off, ferment, foment
    literary enkindle
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    Pronunciation: ˌɪmpjʊˈdɪsɪti
    lack of modesty

    Synonyms of fan in English:



  • a fan of classical violin music an Arsenal fan
    enthusiast, devotee, admirer, lover, addict; supporter, follower, disciple, adherent, backer, zealot, champion, votary; expert, connoisseur, aficionado
    informal buff, fiend, freak, bug, nut, maniac, groupie, junkie
    North American informal jock
    (fans) British Sport informal barmy army
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