pan out


panned out; panning out; pans 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 outRonald 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

Examples of pan out in a Sentence

the eagerly anticipated kayaking trip never panned out the investment scheme didn't quite pan out
Recent Examples on the Web Bridgerton is one of Netflix’s biggest hits of all time and millions have been tuning in over the past weeks to see how Colin and Penelope’s love will pan out. Max Goldbart, Deadline, 13 June 2024 Joe Biden and Donald Trump both joined the social platform in recent months in hopes of wooing young voters — but a new survey shows that their strategy may not pan out. Daniel Wine, CNN, 12 June 2024 As the camera panned out, various Outlander cast members were seen dancing to the song in their section. Escher Walcott, Peoplemag, 9 June 2024 But many still questioned how the settlement would pan out in practice. Anna Betts, New York Times, 25 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for pan out 

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Word History


pan entry 2

First Known Use

1865, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pan out was in 1865

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“Pan out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

pan out

: turn out sense 5
especially : succeed
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