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English definition of “can”

can

verb [T]     /kæn/ (present participle canning, past tense and past participle canned)
to put food or drink into metal containers in a factory: canned tomatoesWrapping, packing and loadingPreserving and storing foodIndustry and industrial processes
(Definition of can verb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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