Can - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |kən|  American pronunciation of the word can
Brit.  |kæn|  British pronunciation of the word can


- airtight sealed metal container for food or drink or paint etc. (syn: tin)
- the quantity contained in a can
- a buoy with a round bottom and conical top
- the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on (syn: arse, ass, backside, behind, bottom, bum, butt, buttocks, fanny, fundament, hindquarters, nates, posterior, prat, rear, rump, seat, stern, tail, tush)
- a plumbing fixture for defecation and urination (syn: commode, pot, potty, stool, throne, toilet)
- a room or building equipped with one or more toilets (syn: bathroom, john, lavatory, privy, toilet)


- preserve in a can or tin (syn: put up, tin)
- terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position (syn: dismiss, displace, fire, sack, send away, terminate)


He ate the whole can of beans.

The shelter stores huge cans of water for an emergency

I cannot but say it.

He can speak English but he can't write it very well.

Anybody can make mistakes.

No one can play the organ during service time without the consent of the Vicar.

You can go now if you like.

She can't feel hurt, we've explained everything to her.

She can't be telling lies.

Can all that stuff, Sergeant.

What weight can you carry?

Who can run farthest?

I can play football well, but I'm unable to play now, I don't feel well.

Can it be true?

Do you think my mother can be living?

Word forms

I/you/we/they: can
he/she/it: cans
present participle: canning
past tense: canned
past participle: canned
singular: can
plural: cans
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