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

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There’s also a tanning room, solarium and game room. Jack Flemming, latimes.com, "Big home, big deal: The Manor in Holmby Hills sets new L.A. County price record at $120 million," 1 July 2019 Those with tanning goals for summer might be considering foregoing sunscreen to acquire their base layer, but shirking SPF may not be such a good idea. Susan Brickell, Health.com, "What Does SPF Stand For? We Asked Dermatologists," 21 June 2019 Long hours at the beach, tanning beds and arc welding are other possible causes. Beth Wood, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Protect your eyes for life with healthy diet, sun shielding," 24 June 2019 If tanning could be an occupation that would no doubt be my calling. Dalton Ross, EW.com, "Meet the cast of Big Brother season 21," 17 June 2019 Skylar Grace offers beauty services such as cosmetic airbrush tanning, microblading, cosmetic tattooing and teeth whitening. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Retail wrap: FINS swim school, Kay Jewelers, Joy Love Burgers, Main Squeeze Juice Co. sign up for new spots," 7 June 2019 Botafogo Beach is on the bay, and may make for great tanning (and views), but the water quality isn’t generally the best. Nick Remsen, Vogue, "Rio de Janeiro, Right Now: 5 Reasons to Visit the Extraordinary Brazilian City," 19 Mar. 2019 There's no doubt that, when choosing between a spray tan and actual tanning, the former is a much safer way to achieve a summer glow. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Ashley Graham Uses Windex to Fix Spray Tan," 30 May 2018 Features of the two-level penthouse home included a hot tub, a commercial-grade tanning bed, and a Sardinian-marble-walled dining room that seated 28. Jacob Adelman, https://www.inquirer.com, "Celebrated designer revisits eccentric grain silo home (and party den) in a changed Philadelphia," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of tanning

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of tanning was in the 15th century

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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 How to pronounce tanning (audio) \

Medical Definition of tanning

: a browning of the skin by exposure to sun

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