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noun, transitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a commercial metal container, often cylindrical, for food or other products.
He prefers beer in a bottle to beer in a can.Food lasts quite a long time when stored in cans.
definition 2: the contents of such a container.
She ate the whole can of peaches.Add one can of condensed milk to the mixture.
definition 3: a larger container for garbage or other waste.
We bring the garbage cans out to the curb every Tuesday.
definition 4: (slang) the buttocks.
How can you just sit there on your can and not help us?
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definition 5: (slang) jail.
He spent two years in the can.
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jug, stir
definition 6: (slang) a restroom.
The last time I saw him, he was in the can throwing up.
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: cans, canning, canned
definition 1: to preserve (food) by sealing in a jar or can.
We can tomatoes from our garden every summer.
definition 2: (informal) to fire from a job or position in an organization.
His boss canned him for not showing up to work last Friday.
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definition 3: (informal) to put a stop to or discontinue.
Hey! Can that noise!We're not getting anywhere with this--let's just can it!
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    a small machine that you use to open cans.
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