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Definitions of can

  1. To be able; to have sufficient power. Can but, can merely. Cannot but, cannot help. Cannot away with, cannot brook. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To know; to understand. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To be able to do; to have power or influence. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To be able; - followed by an infinitive without to; as, I can go, but do not wish to. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To preserve by putting in sealed cans Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To put up in metal vessels for preservation. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. To put up in cans. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. To be able; to possess power physically, morally, or mentally; used as an auxiliary verb. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  9. To be able: to have sufficient power:-pa.t. COULD. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  10. To be able. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  11. be able to, have the ability to Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. preserve in a can or tin; "tinned foods are not very tasty" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. To be able (to do something). The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. Can denotes power when joined to another verb, as, I can eat-that is, I have the power to eat. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  15. Canning. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  16. an obs. form of began, imp. & p. p. of Begin, sometimes used in old poetry. [See Gan.] Newage Dictionary DB
  17. A drinking cup; a vessel for holding liquids. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. A vessel or case of tinned iron or of sheet metal, of various forms, but usually cylindrical; as, a can of tomatoes; an oil can; a milk can. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. an obs. form of began, imp. & p. p. of Begin, sometimes used in old poetry. [See Gan.] Webster Dictionary DB
  20. A metal vessel of small size, for holding liquids or preserving solids. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  21. A vessel for holding liquor. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  22. A vessel for holding liquids. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  23. A vessel for holding or preserving liquids. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  24. A metal cup or vessel for liquors. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  25. A cup or other vessel made of metal. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  26. Carred. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  27. Could. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

Usage examples for can

  1. If you can help it, Daisy. – Melbourne House by Elizabeth Wetherell
  2. No one can hear. – The Exploits of Elaine by Arthur B. Reeve
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