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.