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Definition of Can


  1. an obs. form of began, imp. & p. p. of Begin, sometimes used in old poetry. [See Gan.]
  2. A drinking cup; a vessel for holding liquids.
  3. 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.
  4. To preserve by putting in sealed cans
  5. To know; to understand.
  6. To be able to do; to have power or influence.
  7. To be able; -- followed by an infinitive without to; as, I can go, but do not wish to.

Can Translations

can in Afrikaans is blik, kan
can in Danish is kunne
can in Dutch is inblikken
can in Finnish is voida
can in French is peuvent, peut, puissent, pouvoir, bidon, pouvons
can in Norwegian is blikk
can in Portuguese is lata
can in Spanish is lata, poder, bote, bujeta, puede
can in Swedish is kunna, kanna