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Definition of can:

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


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Usage examples:

  • Why, can it be?

    - "Weighed and Wanting", George MacDonald.
  • You can do nothing, nothing!

    - "The Short Works of George Meredith", George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009.
  • What it can be like?

    - "His Family", Ernest Poole.