can Significado en Diccionario Cambridge Inglés Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

El diccionario y el tesauro de inglés online más consultados por estudiantes de inglés.

Significado de “can” - Diccionario Inglés

Significado de "can" - Diccionario Inglés

See all translations

canmodal verb

uk   us   strong /kæn/ weak /kən/
  • can modal verb (ABILITY)

A1 to be ​able to: Can you ​drive? She can ​speak four ​languages. Can you ​read that ​sign from this ​distance? The ​doctors are doing all that they can, but she's still not ​breathingproperly. Do the ​best you can - I ​realize the ​circumstances are not ​ideal. If the ​party is ​awful, we can alwaysleave (= that would be one ​possiblesolution to ​ourproblem). "She's really ​furious about it." "Can you ​blame her (= I'm not ​surprised)?"can do US informal used to say that you can and will do something: "Will you ​mail this ​letter for me, ​please?" "Can do." "I need you to ​pick up the ​kids today." "Sorry, no can do (= no I can't)."

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

  • can modal verb (PERMISSION)

A1 to be ​allowed to: Can I use ​yourbike, John? You can ​park over there. You can have a ​piece of ​cake after you've ​eatenyourvegetables! informal sometimes used to ​tell someone ​angrily to do something: If you ​carry on being ​horrible to ​yoursister, Sophie, you can just go to ​bed!

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

  • can modal verb (REQUEST)

A1 used to ​request something: If you ​see Brett, can you ​tell him I'm in ​town next ​weekend? Can you make a little less ​noise, ​please? I'm ​trying to ​work.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

  • can modal verb (POSSIBILITY)

A2 used to ​expresspossibility: You can get ​stamps from the ​localnewsagents. You can get very ​nastyskindiseases from ​bathing in ​dirtywater. Smoking can ​causecancer. Noise can be ​quite a ​problem when you're ​living in a ​flat. He can be really ​annoying at ​times (= he is sometimes very ​annoying).

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

  • can modal verb (OFFER)

A1 used in ​politeoffers of ​help: Can I ​help you with those ​bags? I'm ​afraid Ms Ferguson has already ​left the ​office. Can I be of any ​help?

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

cannoun

uk   us   /kæn/
  • can noun (CONTAINER)

A2 [C] (also tin can, UK also tin) a ​closedmetalcontainer, ​especially cylinder-shaped, in which some ​types of ​drink and ​food are ​sold: a can of ​soup/​beans [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. [C] (UK also tin) a ​metalcontainer, ​especially one with a ​lid, ​handle, and ​shapedopening for ​pouring: an oil can a can of ​paint
  • can noun (PRISON)

the can [S] US informal forprison: He ​spent ten ​years in the can for ​armedrobbery.
  • can noun (TOILET)

the can US informal fortoilet

canverb [T]

uk   us   /kæn/ (-nn-)
(Definition of can from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

Significado de "can" - Diccionario Inglés Americano

See all translations

cannoun [C]

 us   /kæn/
  • can noun [C] (CONTAINER)

a ​metalcontainer, esp. a ​closed, ​cylindricalcontainer in which ​food and ​drink are packaged: a ​gas/​watering can The ​vendingmachine 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.

canverb [T]

 us   /kæn/ (-nn-)
  • can verb [T] (CONTAIN)

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

canmodal verb

 us   /kæn, kən/ (present tense can, past tense could  /kʊd, kəd/ )
  • can modal verb (ABLE)

to be ​able to: She can ​speak four ​languages. We’re doing the ​best we can, but we won’t make ​ourdeadline.
  • can modal verb (PERMIT)

to be ​allowed or to have ​permission: You can ​park on the ​street. You can do it by yourself. Can is also used to ​request something: Can you ​help me ​lift this ​box? Can I have a ​tissue, ​please?Note: Can is usually used in standard spoken English when asking for permission. It is acceptable in most forms of written English, although in very formal writing, such as official instructions, may is often used instead: Persons under 14 ​unaccompanied by an ​adult may not ​enter.
  • can modal verb (BE POSSIBLE)

used to ​expresspossibility in the ​present: You can get ​stamps at the ​postoffice.
  • can modal verb (OFFER)

used in ​politeoffers of ​help or by someone who ​providesservice, as in a ​store: Can I ​help you with those ​bags?
(Definition of can from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

Significado de "can" - Diccionario Inglés para los negocios

See all translations

canverb [T]

uk     us   strong /kæn/ weak /kən, kn/ (-nn-)
PRODUCTION to put ​food or drink into a ​closed metal ​container to preserve it: canned ​dogfoods.
US informal HR to ​remove someone from their ​job: After becoming ​partner in May of last ​year, she was canned five months later.
(Definition of can from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Más sobre la pronunciación de can
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“can” in Business English

Palabra del día

fire-eater

a performer who entertains people by seeming to swallow flames

Palabra del día

I used to work hard/I’m used to working hard (Phrases with ‘used to’)
I used to work hard/I’m used to working hard (Phrases with ‘used to’)
by Kate Woodford,
February 10, 2016
On this blog, we like to look at words and phrases in the English language that learners often have difficulty with. Two phrases that can be confused are ‘used to do something’ and ‘be used to something/doing something’. People often use one phrase when they mean the other, or they use the wrong

Aprende más 

farecasting noun
farecasting noun
February 08, 2016
predicting the optimum date to buy a plane ticket, especially on a website or using an app A handful of new and updated websites and apps are trying to perfect the art of what’s known as farecasting – predicting the best date to buy a ticket.

Aprende más