Sense: 1,3
Date: 1800-1900
Origin: PAN1
Sense: 2
Date: 1900-2000
Origin: panorama


2 verb
Related topics: Arts, Media
pan2 past tense and past participle panned, present participle panning


[transitive] informalATC to strongly criticize a film, play etc in a newspaper or on television or radio:
The movie was panned by the critics.


a) [intransitive always + adverb/preposition]AM if a film or television camera pans in a particular direction, it moves in that direction and follows the thing that is being filmed:
The camera panned slowly across the crowd.
b) [intransitive and transitive]AM to move a camera in this way


[intransitive and transitive] to wash soil in a metal container in order to separate gold from other substances
pan for
panning for gold in Alaska

pan out

phrasal verb
to happen or develop in a particular way:
We'll have to see how things pan out.
WORD FOCUS: criticize WORD FOCUS: criticize
to criticize someone or something very strongly: attack, lay into, tear somebody/something to shreds, pillory, pan

to criticize someone unfairly: put somebody down, slag somebody off BrE informal, talk about somebody behind their back, bitch about informal

to criticize small details: pick holes

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