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can

noun uk   /kæn/ us  

can noun (CONTAINER)

A2 [C] (UK also tin) a closed metal container, especially cylinder-shaped, in which some types of drink and food are sold: a can of soup/beansContainers for liquids and gases [C] (UK also tin) the amount of food or drink that is contained in a can: You'll need a can of tuna for this recipe.Informal measurements of volumeMeasurements of volume [C] a metal container, especially one with a lid, handle, and shaped opening for pouring: an oil can a can of paintContainers for liquids and gases

can noun (PRISON)

the can [S] US informal for prison: He spent ten years in the can for armed robbery.Prisons and parts of prisons

can noun (TOILET)

the can US informal for toiletThe toilet

can

verb [T] uk   /kæn/ (-nn-) us  

can verb [T] (FOOD)

to put food and drink into a closed metal container without air: He works in a factory where they can fruit.Preserving and storing foodIndustrial processing

can verb [T] (STOP)

mainly US informal to stop doing something or making noise: Hey, can it, would you? I'm trying to sleep.Causing something to endComing to an end
(Definition of can noun, verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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