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can

noun [C]  /kæn/ us  

can noun [C] (CONTAINER)

a metal container, esp. a closed, cylindrical container in which food and drink are packaged: a gas/watering can The vending machine has soda in cans. A can is also the amount of food or drink that a can holds: I had a can of soup for lunch.

can

verb [T]  /kæn/ (-nn-) us  

can verb [T] (CONTAIN)

to preserve food by putting it into a can or into a jar (= glass container) from which the air is removed: They can all kinds of fruit. slang If you get canned, you are dismissed from your job: No, I’m not on vacation – I got canned last week.
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