Definitions of can

  1. get to or be allowed to do something; " May I go to the movies tonight?"; " Can I have some ice cream?"; " We got to play video games all day long"
  2. airtight sealed metal container for food or drink or paint etc.
  3. a buoy with a round bottom and conical top
  4. terminate the employment of; " The boss fired his secretary today"; " The company terminated 25% of its workers"
  5. be able to, have the ability to
  6. preserve in a can or tin; " tinned foods are not very tasty"
  7. an obs. form of began, imp. & amp; p. p. of Begin, sometimes used in old poetry. [ See Gan.]
  8. A drinking cup; a vessel for holding liquids.
  9. 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.
  10. To preserve by putting in sealed cans
  11. To know; to understand.
  12. To be able to do; to have power or influence.
  13. an obs. form of began, imp. & p. p. of Begin, sometimes used in old poetry. [ See Gan.]
  14. To be able; - followed by an infinitive without to; as, I can go, but do not wish to.
  15. To be able; to possess power physically, morally, or mentally; used as an auxiliary verb.
  16. To put up in metal vessels for preservation.
  17. A metal vessel of small size, for holding liquids or preserving solids.
  18. Carred.
  19. Canning.
  20. Could.
  21. To be able: to have sufficient power:- pa. t. COULD.
  22. A vessel for holding liquor.
  23. A vessel for holding liquids.
  24. To be able.
  25. To be able ( to do something).
  26. To put up in cans.
  27. A vessel for holding or preserving liquids.
  28. A metal cup or vessel for liquors.
  29. To be able; to have sufficient power. Can but, can merely. Cannot but, cannot help. Cannot away with, cannot brook.
  30. A cup or other vessel made of metal.
  31. Can denotes power when joined to another verb, as, I can eat- that is, I have the power to eat.

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
  3. It is all you can do. – The Weavers, Complete by Gilbert Parker Last Updated: March 14, 2009
  4. We can make you talk! – The Ridin' Kid from Powder River by Henry Herbert Knibbs
  5. I can remember, thank you. – The Real Adventure by Henry Kitchell Webster
  6. Now what can I do?" – The Reclaimers by Margaret Hill McCarter
  7. " You can have as many cabins as you want," said the agent. – Somewhere in France by Richard Harding Davis
  8. I don't think I can tell you. – The Garden of Eden by Max Brand
  9. But who can you get? – The Huntress by Hulbert Footner
  10. Now then, we can talk. – The Whirligig of Time by Wayland Wells Williams
  11. No one can tell who it is. – One Day's Courtship The Heralds Of Fame by Robert Barr
  12. It can be dealt with at once. – From Crow-Scaring to Westminster; an Autobiography by George Edwards M.P., O.B.E.
  13. I can do them all. – Plays by Chekhov, Second Series On the High Road, The Proposal, The Wedding, The Bear, A Tragedian In Spite of Himself, The Anniversary, The Three Sisters, The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov
  14. What is it that I can do for you? – The Hampstead Mystery by John R. Watson
  15. You can go there and say: 'Gone! – Philo Gubb Correspondence-School Detective by Ellis Parker Butler
  16. You can end it now. – Literary Love-Letters and Other Stories by Robert Herrick
  17. But how can I do this? – The Mystery of Monastery Farm by H. R. Naylor
  18. Can you think of anything you would like?" – Peggy in Her Blue Frock by Eliza Orne White
  19. " He can so," said Murty. – Back To Billabong by Mary Grant Bruce