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 Today's politicians have hundreds of cosmetic enhancements at their fingertips: teeth whiteners, tanning beds, nips, tucks, laser treatments and fillers. Author: Roxanne Roberts, Anchorage Daily News, "The senior citizens running for president and how they try to look younger," 10 Nov. 2019 It should not be used as such, or substituted with tanning bed use. Jenna Birch, SELF, "How to Find the Right Psoriasis Treatment for Your Symptoms," 28 Oct. 2019 The Polarstern has an exercise room and a small swimming pool, as well as a sauna and even a tanning bed to fight the effects of lack of sunlight. Henry Fountain, New York Times, "Scientists Prepare to Drift With Arctic Ice for a Year to Study Climate Change," 19 Sep. 2019 Humans have been tanning hides to make leather since prehistoric times, using them for clothing and shelter. Los Angeles Times, "America is obsessed with beef. But it has no use for hides, so leather prices plunge," 19 Aug. 2019 DieterMeyrlGetty Images Looking for an end-of-summer trip that’s a little more exciting than tanning by the pool? Jae Thomas, Marie Claire, "The Best National Parks for Every Kind of Vacation," 15 Aug. 2019 The report ranked each state in a variety of criteria including access to health care, cigarette tax rates, smoke-free laws, tobacco prevention funding and indoor tanning device restrictions. Abigail Brone, courant.com, "Connecticut lags in funding for tobacco prevention programs," 1 Aug. 2019 Still get that summertime glow, sans harmful UV-rays and for an exclusive sale price, with this bundled starter kit from the tanning brand favorite. Elizabeth Buxton, refinery29.com, "The Nordstrom Sale Styles That Are Selling Out The Fastest," 25 July 2019 Skip the hotel pool, grab your towel and head down the street to the private Astir Beach for a day of tanning and maybe a bit of volleyball. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "Get Lost: 72 Hours In The Athens Riviera," 15 July 2019

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First Known Use of tanning

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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19 Nov 2019

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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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