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1       n-uncount   You refer to an activity or situation as fun if you think it is pleasant and enjoyable and it causes you to feel happy.  
It was such a success and we had so much fun doing it..., It could be fun to watch them..., You still have time to join in the fun.     
2       n-uncount   If you say that someone is fun, you mean that you enjoy being with them because they say and do interesting or amusing things.,   (approval)    Liz was wonderful fun to be with.     
3       adj   If you describe something as a fun thing, you mean that you think it is enjoyable. If you describe someone as a fun person, you mean that you enjoy being with them.  
INFORMAL   ADJ n   (=entertaining)  
It was a fun evening..., What a fun person he is!     
4    Someone who is a figure of fun is considered ridiculous, so that people laugh at them or make jokes about them.  
figure of fun      phrase   figure inflects, v-link PHR  
5    If you do something for fun or for the fun of it, you do it in order to enjoy yourself rather than because it is important or necessary.  
for fun      phrase   PHR after v  
I took my M. A. just for fun really..., He had just come for the fun of it.     
6    If you do something in fun, you do it as a joke or for amusement, without intending to cause any harm.  
in fun      phrase   PHR after v, v-link PHR  
Don't say such things, even in fun.     
7    If you make fun of someone or something or poke fun at them, you laugh at them, tease them, or make jokes about them in a way that causes them to seem ridiculous.  
make fun of      phrase   V inflects, PHR n  
Don't make fun of me..., She poked fun at people's shortcomings.     

fun run        ( fun runs    plural  ) A fun run is a long distance race which anyone can take part in. Fun runs are often held to raise money for charity.  
  (BRIT, AUSTRALIAN)      n-count  
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1    amusement, beer and skittles     (informal)   cheer, distraction, diversion, enjoyment, entertainment, frolic, gaiety, good time, high jinks, jollification, jollity, joy, junketing, living it up, merriment, merrymaking, mirth, pleasure, recreation, romp, sport, treat, whoopee     (informal)  
2    buffoonery, clowning, foolery, game, horseplay, jesting, jocularity, joking, nonsense, play, playfulness, skylarking     (informal)   sport, teasing, tomfoolery  
3    in or for fun      facetiously, for a joke, for a laugh, in jest, jokingly, light-heartedly, mischievously, playfully, roguishly, teasingly, tongue in cheek, with a gleam or twinkle in one's eye, with a straight face  
4    make fun of      deride, hold up to ridicule, lampoon, laugh at, make a fool of, make a monkey of, make game of, make sport of, make the butt of, mock, parody, poke fun at, rag, rib     (informal)   ridicule, satirize, scoff at, send up     (Brit. informal)   sneer at, take off, take the piss out of     (taboo slang)   taunt  
5    amusing, convivial, diverting, enjoyable, entertaining, lively, witty  
1    depression, desolation, despair, distress, gloom, grief, melancholy, misery, sadness, sorrow, unhappiness, woe  

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