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  • adjective Having a suntan.
  • adjective of leather Finished, made using tannic acid (as opposed to abrasion).
  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of tan.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective converted to leather by a tanning agent
  • adjective (of skin) having a tan color from exposure to the sun


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  • After 6 weeks in the Himalayas, I am deeply tanned from the neck up (and wrists out) and I am 21 pounds lighter.

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  • After 6 weeks in the Himalayas, I am deeply tanned from the neck up (and wrists out) and I am 21 pounds lighter.

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  • We took his meat home, and had his skin tanned for a sleigh robe.

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  • The "hide" of the bean may be similarly "tanned" -- the shell certainly becomes leathery

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  • I'm probably best known as a tanned avatar, so this latest release definitely leaves me very happy in my (lack of) pants - the only real points to debate would be the rather * too* fine eyebrows, which maybe could have been a smidge bushier, and I still want to see options for the "downstairs jungle" for guys!

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  • The only thing I wanted to do apart from worked on my tanned was the intro to windsurfing.

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  • I read the three books (I have a single-volume copy and they were always intended to be one single, enormous book) over and over the summer I was 13, and got the infamous "pancake tan" (i.e., lying on back in order to read, resulting in one "tanned" side and one "not tanned" pancake side).

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  • He was in his mid-thirties, the kind of tanned, well-built, tennis-playing guy who subscribes to Esquire because he sees himself in every advertisement and it makes him feel good.

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  • Score: 57Memo to Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi: stop describing Obama (and other black people) as "tanned" and we'll stop putting you in this spot.

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  • It hasn't helped that Berlusconi has remained largely unapologetic since - repeatedly insisting that his reference to Obama as "tanned" was a "compliment" and a term of "endearment;" publicly berating a US reporter who questioned him about his remarks at a European Union event in Brussels; and, true to form, dismissing Italian opposition leaders who demanded he apologize as "graduates from a school of dickheads."

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