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can

  • Used to indicate physical or mental ability: I can carry both suitcases. Can you remember the war?
  • Used to indicate possession of a specified power, right, or privilege: The President can veto congressional bills.
  • Used to indicate possession of a specified capability or skill: I can tune the harpsichord as well as play it.
  • Used to indicate possibility or probability: I wonder if my long lost neighbor can still be alive. Such things can and do happen.
  • Used to indicate that which is permitted, as by conscience or feelings: One can hardly blame you for being upset.
  • Used to indicate probability or possibility under the specified circumstances: They can hardly have intended to do that.
  • Usage Problem Used to request or grant permission: Can I be excused?
  • A usually cylindrical metal container.
  • An airtight container, usually made of tin-coated iron, in which foods or beverages are preserved.
  • The contents of such a container.
  • Slang A jail or prison.
  • Slang A toilet or restroom.
  • Slang The buttocks.
  • Slang A naval destroyer.
  • To seal in an airtight container for future use; preserve: canning peaches.
  • Slang To make a recording of: can the audience's applause for a TV comedy show.
  • Slang To dismiss from employment or school. See Synonyms at dismiss.
  • Slang To put a stop to; quit: Let's can the chatter.
  • can of worms A complex or difficult problem.
  • in the can Completed and ready for release, as a film or scene of a film.