pan out

verb
panned out; panning out; pans out

Definition of pan out

intransitive verb

: to happen, end, or develop in a particular way : turn out I'm really enjoying how this is all panning out now and it is so exciting and intriguing to watch and find out what happens next …— Gary Neville especially : succeed … the signs revealed that the experiment wasn't panning out— Ronald Reagan She [Dixie Hollins] noted that learning about arts and entertainment fills her creative side and works as a great plan B if her goal of working in the medical field doesn't pan out. — Karin Davis-Thompson

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Examples of pan out in a Sentence

the eagerly anticipated kayaking trip never panned out the investment scheme didn't quite pan out

First Known Use of pan out

1865, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pan out

pan entry 2

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The first known use of pan out was in 1865

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“Pan out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pan%20out. Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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