tan·​ning | \ ˈta-niŋ How to pronounce tanning (audio) \

Definition of tanning

1 : a browning of the skin especially by exposure to sun
2 : the art or process by which a skin is tanned
3 : a sound spanking
4 : a natural darkening and hardening of the cuticle of an insect immediately after molting

Examples of tanning in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In mid-June, Cuomo told reporters at a press conference that, although the fourth reopening phase would allow tanning salons, tattoo shops, piercing parlors, and spas to open with restrictions, gyms would remain closed. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, "The Anti-Shutdown Lawyer Suing New York on Behalf of Small Businesses," 18 Dec. 2020 Amped Fitness offers group classes, personal training, tanning and free childcare with membership starting at $9.99 per month. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "Boutique fitness chain coming to Alabama," 18 Dec. 2020 Personal care businesses, such as nail and hair salons, tattoo parlors, and tanning salons, were also permitted to open at reduced capacity. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Florida police raid home of former state coronavirus data manager," 8 Dec. 2020 The actual growing takes place there, while the tanning and dyeing process can be done in her backyard. Sarah Spellings, Vogue, "Growing Sequins and Sneakers in a Lab With Public School and Phillip Lim," 8 Dec. 2020 The coalition pushing against the digital ad tax in Maryland includes about 50 businesses ranging from jewelers to restaurants to tanning salons, as well as chambers of commerce and trade groups for the advertising, internet and media industries. Pamela Wood, baltimoresun.com, "Coalition pushes to block digital advertising tax in Maryland," 10 Nov. 2020 Also, an apartment development that would provide a mix of affordable and market-rate units is being considered for a site that includes SunSeekers, a tanning salon at 2420 E. Capitol Drive. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "One of Shorewood's tallest buildings could be converted into the village's first hotel," 23 Oct. 2020 In a plot twist that nobody would've foreseen back when there was an H2 parked outside every tanning salon from Tampa to Secaucus, Hummer is back for 2022 and building—record scratch—electric trucks. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, "2022 GMC Hummer Brings Back Big Name for 1000-HP Monster of a Pickup," 21 Oct. 2020 The couple bought a former gym and tanning salon at 5324 E. Superior St. this summer and closed on the brewery soon after. Brooks Johnson, Star Tribune, "Duluth's oldest craft brewery will be revived in a new Lakeside home," 17 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of tanning

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Tanning.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tanning. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tanning

: the act or process of darkening your skin by exposing it to the bright light of the sun or a special type of lamp


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Medical Definition of tanning

: a browning of the skin by exposure to sun

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