tan·ning | \ˈta-niŋ \

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

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The shop also features a 24-hour tanning booth, available with a membership. Brittany Britto, baltimoresun.com, "Weekend adventure: A visitor's guide to history-rich Cambridge," 2 July 2018 Weinstock also emphasizes the importance of avoiding indoor tanning beds, which can damage skin cells and raise the risk of skin cancer, too. Fox News, "Here's how damaging a bad sunburn can be," 7 July 2018 There are self-tanning lotions that can make your legs pretty (follow the label directions), and with breezy, light summer dresses, pantyhose can be thick and clunky. Heloise, Houston Chronicle, "Here’s to the U.S. flag!," 13 June 2018 Some people really might need help for behavioral overuse of gaming, smartphones, pornography, tanning—anything else, even cat ownership. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Why Is There a ‘Gaming Disorder’ But No ‘Smartphone Disorder?’," 28 June 2018 She's also been shamed for letting her daughter wear a fake lip ring, letting her kids kiss on the lips, and tanning. Emily Wang, Allure, "Kourtney Kardashian Responds to Fan Who Mom-Shamed Her Bikini Photo," 9 July 2018 Lawyer Craig Ashton says his client, Gina Piazza, 22, was at the salon that day, and noticed what looked like a charging hub pointed at her crotch area inside the tanning room. Nashelly Chavez, sacbee, "Police investigate hidden camera found at a Folsom tanning salon | The Sacramento Bee," 17 May 2018 The pool is a relaxing getaway, complete with an in-water tanning lounge. Birmingham Magazine, AL.com, "This Birmingham family has the ultimate dream kitchen," 16 Apr. 2018 Up the street at The Cosmopolitan, tanning comes with the opportunity for some terrific people-watching since the resort’s Boulevard Pool overlooks the Strip. Jay Jones, latimes.com, "Las Vegas' splashy pool season is open. Here are five places to party," 7 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of tanning

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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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


tan·ning | \ˈtan-iŋ \

Medical Definition of tanning 

: a browning of the skin by exposure to sun

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