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to be able to, have the power or skill to: I can take a bus to the airport. She can paint very well.
Not to be confused with:
may – to have permission to: you may go in now; to express possibility: The storm may turn into a hurricane.
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can 1

 (kăn; kən when unstressed)
aux.v. past tense could (ko͝od)
a. Used to indicate physical or mental ability: I can carry both suitcases. Can you remember the war?
b. Used to indicate possession of a specified power, right, or privilege: The president can veto congressional bills.
c. Used to indicate possession of a specified capability or skill: I can tune the harpsichord as well as play it.
a. Used to indicate possibility or probability: I wonder if my long lost neighbor can still be alive. Such things can and do happen.
b. Used to indicate that which is permitted, as by conscience or feelings: One can hardly blame you for being upset.
c. Used to indicate probability or possibility under the specified circumstances: They can hardly have intended to do that.
3. Usage Problem Used to request or grant permission: Can I be excused?

[Middle English, first and third person sing. present tense of connen, to know how, from Old English cunnan; see gnō- in Indo-European roots.]
Usage Note: Generations of grammarians and teachers have insisted that can should be used only to express the capacity to do something, and that may must be used to express permission. But children do not use can to ask permission out of a desire to be stubbornly perverse. They have learned it as an idiomatic expression from adults: After you clean your room, you can go outside and play. As part of the spoken language, this use of can is perfectly acceptable. This is especially true for negative questions, such as Can't I have the car tonight? probably because using mayn't instead of can't sounds unnatural. While the distinction between can and may still has its adherents in formal usage, the number appears to be falling. In our 2009 survey, 37 percent of the Usage Panel rejected can instead of may in the sentence Can I take another week to submit the application? But more than half of these said can was only "somewhat (rather than completely) unacceptable" in this use, and the overall percentage of disapproval fell from more than 50 percent in an earlier survey. · The heightened formality of may sometimes highlights the speaker's role in giving permission. You may leave the room when you are finished implies that permission is given by the speaker. You can leave the room when you are finished implies that permission is part of a rule or policy rather than a decision on the speaker's part. For this reason, may sees considerable use in official announcements: Students may pick up the application forms tomorrow. · Like may, can is also used to indicate what is possible: It may rain this afternoon. Bone spurs can be very painful. In this use, both can and may often have personal subjects: You may see him at the concert. Even an experienced driver can get lost in this town.

can 2

1. A usually cylindrical metal container.
a. An airtight container, usually made of tin-coated iron, in which foods or beverages are preserved.
b. The contents of such a container: ate a can of beans.
3. Slang A jail or prison.
4. Slang A toilet or restroom.
5. Slang The buttocks.
6. Slang A naval destroyer.
v. canned, can·ning, cans
1. To seal in an airtight container for future use; preserve: canning peaches.
2. Slang To make a recording of: can the audience's applause for a TV comedy show.
3. Slang
a. To end the employment of; fire. See Synonyms at dismiss.
b. To put an end or stop to: canned the TV show after one season; told the students to can the chatter.
To solicit cash donations for a charity or other organization such as a club or amateur sports team by holding out a can or other container in a public place.
can of corn Sports
Something that is easily accomplished, especially a routine catch of a fly ball in baseball.
can of worms
A complex or difficult problem.
in the can
Completed and ready for release, as a film or scene of a film.

[Middle English canne, a water container, from Old English.]

can′ner n.
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(kæn; unstressed kən)
vb (intr) , past could
1. used as an auxiliary to indicate ability, skill, or fitness to perform a task: I can run a mile in under four minutes.
2. used as an auxiliary to indicate permission or the right to something: can I have a drink?.
3. used as an auxiliary to indicate knowledge of how to do something: he can speak three languages fluently.
4. used as an auxiliary to indicate possibility, opportunity, or likelihood: my trainer says I can win the race if I really work hard.
[Old English cunnan; related to Old Norse kunna, Old High German kunnan, Latin cognōscere to know, Sanskrit jānāti he knows; see ken, uncouth]
Usage: See at may1


1. a container, esp for liquids, usually of thin sheet metal: a petrol can; a beer can.
2. another name (esp US) for tin2
3. Also called: canful the contents of a can or the amount a can will hold
4. a slang word for prison
5. US and Canadian a slang word for toilet or buttocks. See toilet
6. (Military) navy US a slang word for destroyer
7. (Military) navy slang a depth charge
8. (Film) a shallow cylindrical metal container of varying size used for storing and handling film
9. can of worms informal a complicated problem
10. carry the can See carry37
11. (Film) (of a film, piece of music, etc) having been recorded, processed, edited, etc
12. informal arranged or agreed: the contract is almost in the can.
vb, cans, canning or canned
13. to put (food, etc) into a can or cans; preserve in a can
14. (tr) slang US to dismiss from a job
15. (tr) informal US to stop (doing something annoying or making an annoying noise) (esp in the phrase can it!)
16. (tr) informal to reject or discard
[Old English canne; related to Old Norse, Old High German kanna, Irish gann, Swedish kana sled]
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(kæn; unstressed kən)
auxiliary verb.
1. to be able to; have the ability, power, or skill to: She can solve the problem easily.
2. to know how to: I can play chess, but not very well.
3. to have the power or means to: a dictator who can impose his will on the people.
4. to have the right or qualifications to: He can change whatever he wishes in the script.
5. may; have permission to: Can I speak to you for a moment?
6. to have the possibility: A coin can land on either side.
v.t., v.i.
7. Obs. to know.
can but, to be able to do nothing else except; can only: We can but try.
[before 900; Middle English, Old English, present indic. singular 1st, 3rd person of cunnan to know, know how]
usage: can and may are often interchangeable in the sense of possibility: A power failure can (or may) occur at any time. Despite the traditional insistence that only may conveys permission, both words are regularly used in this sense: Can (or May) I borrow your tape recorder? can occurs this way chiefly in spoken English; may occurs more frequently in formal speech and writing. In negative constructions, can't or cannot is more common than may not; the contraction mayn't is rare: You can't park in the driveway. can but and cannot but are somewhat formal expressions suggesting that there is no alternative to doing something. See also cannot, help.



n., v. canned, can•ning. n.
1. a sealed container for food, beverages, etc., as of aluminum, sheet iron coated with tin, or other metal.
2. a receptacle for garbage, ashes, etc.
3. a bucket or other container for holding or carrying liquids.
4. a metal or plastic container for holding film on cores or reels.
5. Slang: Sometimes Vulgar. toilet; bathroom.
6. Slang. jail.
7. Slang: Sometimes Vulgar. buttocks.
8. Mil. Slang.
a. a depth charge.
b. a destroyer.
9. to preserve by sealing in a can, jar, etc.
10. Slang. to dismiss; fire.
11. Slang. to put a stop to: Can that noise!
12. to record, as on film or tape.
in the can, (of a commercial film, scene, etc.) completed.
[before 1000; Middle English, Old English canne, c. Old High German channa, Old Norse kanna]


1. Canada.
2. Canadian.


1. canceled.
2. canon.
3. canto.
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couldbe able to

These words are used to talk about ability, awareness, and possibility. They are also used to say that someone has permission to do something. These uses are dealt with separately in this entry. Can and could are called modals.

Both can and could are followed by an infinitive without to.

I envy people who can sing.
I could work for twelve hours a day.
1. negative forms

The negative form of can is cannot or can't. Cannot is never written 'can not'. The negative form of could is could not or couldn't. To form the negative of be able to, you either put not or another negative word in front of able, or you use the expression be unable to.

Many elderly people cannot afford telephones.
I can't swim very well.
It was so dark you could not see anything.
They couldn't sleep.
We were not able to give any answers.
We were unable to afford the entrance fee.
2. ability: the present

Can, could, and be able to are all used to talk about a person's ability to do something. You use can or be able to to talk about ability in the present. Be able to is more formal than can.

You can all read and write.
The animals are able to move around, and they can all lie down.
Lisa nodded, unable to speak.

Could is also used to talk about ability in the present, but it has a special meaning. If you say that someone could do something, you mean that they have the ability to do it, but they don't in fact do it.

We could do much more in this country to educate people.
3. ability: the past

You use could or a past form of be able to to talk about ability in the past.

He could run faster than anyone else.
A lot of them couldn't read or write.
I wasn't able to answer their questions.

If you say that someone was able to do something, you usually mean that they had the ability to do it and they did it. Could does not have this meaning.

After two weeks in bed, he was able to return to work.
The farmers were able to pay their employees' wages.

If you want to say that someone had the ability to do something but did not in fact do it, you say that they could have done it.

You could have given it all to me.
You could have been a little bit more careful.

If you want to say that someone did not do something because they did not have the ability to do it, you say that they could not have done it.

I couldn't have gone with you, because I was in London at the time.

If you want to say that someone had the ability to do something in the past, although they don't now have this ability, you say that they used to be able to do it.

I used to be able to sleep anywhere.
You used to be able to see the house from here.
4. ability: the future

You use a future form of be able to to talk about ability in the future.

I shall be able to answer that question tomorrow.
5. ability: reporting structures

Could is often used in reporting structures. For example, if a woman says 'I can speak Arabic', you usually report this as 'She said she could speak Arabic'.

She said I could bring it back later.
6. ability: 'be able to' after other verbs

Be able to is sometimes used after modals such as might or should, and after verbs such as want, hope, or expect.

I might be able to help you.
You may be able to get extra money.
You should be able to see that from here.
She would not be able to go out alone.
Do you really expect to be able to do that?

Don't use can or could after any other verbs.

7. 'being able to'

You can use an -ing form of be able to.

He liked being able to discuss politics with Veronica.

There is no -ing form of can or could.

8. awareness

Can and could are used with verbs such as see, hear, and smell to say that someone is or was aware of something through one of their senses.

I can smell gas.
I can't see her.
I could see a few stars in the sky.
9. possibility: the present and the future

Could and can are used to talk about possibility in the present or future.

You use could to say that there is a possibility that something is or will be true.

Don't eat it. It could be a toadstool.
He was jailed in February, and could be released next year.

Might and may can be used in a similar way.

It might be a trap.
Kathy's career may be ruined.

Be Careful!
Don't use 'could not' to say that there is a possibility that something is not true. Instead you use might not or may not.

It might not be possible.
It may not be easy.

If you want to say that it is impossible that something is true, you use cannot or could not.

You cannot possibly know what damage you caused.
It couldn't possibly be true.

You use can to say that something is sometimes possible.

Sudden changes can sometimes have a negative effect.
10. possibility: the past

You use could have to say that there is a possibility that something was true in the past.

He could have been in the house on his own.

Might have and may have can be used in a similar way.

She might have found the information online.
It may have been a dead bird.

You also use could have to say that there was a possibility of something being true in the past, although it was not in fact true.

It could have been worse.
He could have made a fortune as a lawyer.

Be Careful!
Don't use 'could not have' to say that there is a possibility that something was not true. Instead you use might not have or may not have.

She might not have known the password.

If you want to say that it is impossible that something was true, you use could not have.

The decision couldn't have been easy.
The man couldn't have seen us at all.
11. permission

Can and could are used to say that someone is allowed to do something.

You can take out money at any branch of your own bank.
He could come and use my computer.

Cannot and could not are used to say that someone is or was forbidden to do something.

You can't bring strangers in here.
Her dad said she couldn't go out during the week.
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Past participle: canned
Gerund: canning

I can
you can
he/she/it cans
we can
you can
they can
I canned
you canned
he/she/it canned
we canned
you canned
they canned
Present Continuous
I am canning
you are canning
he/she/it is canning
we are canning
you are canning
they are canning
Present Perfect
I have canned
you have canned
he/she/it has canned
we have canned
you have canned
they have canned
Past Continuous
I was canning
you were canning
he/she/it was canning
we were canning
you were canning
they were canning
Past Perfect
I had canned
you had canned
he/she/it had canned
we had canned
you had canned
they had canned
I will can
you will can
he/she/it will can
we will can
you will can
they will can
Future Perfect
I will have canned
you will have canned
he/she/it will have canned
we will have canned
you will have canned
they will have canned
Future Continuous
I will be canning
you will be canning
he/she/it will be canning
we will be canning
you will be canning
they will be canning
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been canning
you have been canning
he/she/it has been canning
we have been canning
you have been canning
they have been canning
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been canning
you will have been canning
he/she/it will have been canning
we will have been canning
you will have been canning
they will have been canning
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been canning
you had been canning
he/she/it had been canning
we had been canning
you had been canning
they had been canning
I would can
you would can
he/she/it would can
we would can
you would can
they would can
Past Conditional
I would have canned
you would have canned
he/she/it would have canned
we would have canned
you would have canned
they would have canned
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.can - airtight sealed metal container for food or drink or paint etc.can - airtight sealed metal container for food or drink or paint etc.
beer can - a can that holds beer
caddy, tea caddy - a can for storing tea
cannikin - a small can
coffee can - a can for storing ground coffee
container - any object that can be used to hold things (especially a large metal boxlike object of standardized dimensions that can be loaded from one form of transport to another)
milk can - large can for transporting milk
oilcan - a can with a long nozzle to apply oil to machinery
soda can - a can for holding soft drinks
2.can - the quantity contained in a can
containerful - the quantity that a container will hold
3.can - a buoy with a round bottom and conical topcan - a buoy with a round bottom and conical top
buoy - bright-colored; a float attached by rope to the seabed to mark channels in a harbor or underwater hazards
4.can - the fleshy part of the human body that you sit oncan - the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on; "he deserves a good kick in the butt"; "are you going to sit on your fanny and do nothing?"
body part - any part of an organism such as an organ or extremity
torso, trunk, body - the body excluding the head and neck and limbs; "they moved their arms and legs and bodies"
5.can - a plumbing fixture for defecation and urinationcan - a plumbing fixture for defecation and urination
bathroom, bath - a room (as in a residence) containing a bathtub or shower and usually a washbasin and toilet
flushless toilet - a toilet that relies on bacteria to break down waste matter (instead of using water)
flush toilet, lavatory - a toilet that is cleaned of waste by the flow of water through it
plumbing fixture - a fixture for the distribution and use of water in a building
potty chair, potty seat - toilet consisting of a small seat used by young children
john, lav, lavatory, privy, toilet, bathroom, can - a room or building equipped with one or more toilets
toilet bowl - the bowl of a toilet that can be flushed with water
toilet seat - the hinged seat on a toilet
6.can - a room or building equipped with one or more toiletscan - a room or building equipped with one or more toilets
head - (nautical) a toilet on board a boat or ship
room - an area within a building enclosed by walls and floor and ceiling; "the rooms were very small but they had a nice view"
commode, crapper, potty, pot, throne, toilet, stool, can - a plumbing fixture for defecation and urination
washroom - a lavatory (particularly a lavatory in a public place)
loo, W.C., water closet, closet - a toilet in Britain
Verb1.can - preserve in a can or tin; "tinned foods are not very tasty"
cookery, cooking, preparation - the act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat; "cooking can be a great art"; "people are needed who have experience in cookery"; "he left the preparation of meals to his wife"
preserve, keep - prevent (food) from rotting; "preserved meats"; "keep potatoes fresh"
2.can - terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position; "The boss fired his secretary today"; "The company terminated 25% of its workers"
retire - make (someone) retire; "The director was retired after the scandal"
pension off - let go from employment with an attractive pension; "The director was pensioned off when he got senile"
clean out - force out; "The new boss cleaned out the lazy workers"
furlough, lay off - dismiss, usually for economic reasons; "She was laid off together with hundreds of other workers when the company downsized"
squeeze out - force out; "Some employees were squeezed out by the recent budget cuts"
remove - remove from a position or an office
send away, send packing, dismiss, drop - stop associating with; "They dropped her after she had a child out of wedlock"
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Slang. A place for the confinement of persons in lawful detention:
Informal: lockup, pen.
Chiefly Regional: calaboose.
1. To prepare (food) for storage and future use:
2. Slang. To end the employment or service of:
Informal: ax, fire, pink-slip.
Slang: boot, bounce, sack.
Idioms: give someone his or her walking papers, give someone the ax, give someone the gate, give someone the pink slip, let go, show someone the door.
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عُلْبَةعُلْبَهمَسْموح، مُمْكِنيَسْتَطِيعُيَسْتَطيعُ
dåsekunnetoiletfå lov
יכולמסוגלסתםפיטרקופסת שימורים
dósgetakunnamega, getaniîursjóîa
...할 수 있다깡통
drīkstētkannakonservētkonservu kārbaprast
dať do plechovicemôcť
burkkunnalägga insparkastänga igen
…-e bilmek…-ebilirconserve yapmakkutukutulamak
có thểđượcbình đựng


1 [kæn] MODAL AUX VB (cannot (can't (neg)) (could (condit, pt)))
1. (= be able to) → poder
he can do it if he tries hardpuede hacerlo si se esfuerza
I can't or cannot go any furtherno puedo seguir
I'll tell you all I cante diré todo lo que pueda
he will do all he can to help youhará lo posible por ayudarte
you can but askcon preguntar no se pierde nada
they couldn't help itellos no tienen la culpa
"have another helping" - "I really couldn't"-¿otra ración? -no puedo
2. (= know how to) → saber
he can't swimno sabe nadar
can you speak Italian?¿sabes (hablar) italiano?
3. (= may) → poder
can I use your telephone?¿puedo usar su teléfono?
can I have your name?¿me dice su nombre?
could I have a word with you?¿podría hablar contigo un momento?
can't I come too?¿puedo ir también?
4. (with verbs of perception: not translated) I can hear itlo oigo
I couldn't see it anywhereno lo veía en ninguna parte
I can't understand whyno comprendo por qué
5. (expressing disbelief, puzzlement) that cannot be!¡eso no puede ser!, ¡es imposible!
he can't have said thatno puede haber dicho eso
they can't have left already!¡no es posible que ya se han ido!
how could you lie to me!¿cómo pudiste mentirme?
how can you say that?¿cómo te atreves a decir eso?
you can't be serious!¿lo dices en serio?
it can't be true!¡no puede ser!
what can he want?¿qué querrá?
where on earth can she be?¿dónde demonios puede estar?
6. (expressing possibility, suggestion etc) he could be in the librarypuede que esté en la biblioteca
you could try telephoning his office¿por qué no le llamas a su despacho?
they could have forgottenpuede (ser) que se hayan olvidado
you could have told me!¡podías habérmelo dicho!
it could have been a wolfpodía ser un lobo
I reckon you could have got a job last yearcreo que podías obtener un trabajo el año pasado
7. (= want to)
I'm so happy I could crysoy tan feliz que me dan ganas de llorar or que me voy a echar a llorar
I could have criedme daban ganas de llorar
I could scream!¡es para volverse loco!
8. (= be occasionally capable of) she can be very annoyinga veces te pone negro
it can get very cold hereaquí puede llegar a hacer mucho frío
9. (in comparisons) I'm doing it as well as I canlo hago lo mejor que puedo
as cheap as can belo más barato posible
as big as big can belo más grande posible
she was as happy as could beestaba de lo más feliz
10. could do with: I could do with a drink¡qué bien me vendría una copa!
we could do with a bigger housenos convendría una casa más grande ABLE, CAN


2 [kæn]
A. N
1. (= container) (for foodstuffs) → bote m, lata f; (for oil, water etc) → bidón m
a can of beeruna lata de cerveza
a can of wormsun asunto peliagudo
to open a can of wormsabrir la caja de Pandora
(to be left) to carry the can (Brit) → pagar el pato
2. (esp US) (= garbage can) → cubo m or (LAm) bote m or tarro m de la basura
3. (Cine) [of film] → lata f
it's in the canestá en el bote
4. (US) (= prison) → chirona f
5. (US) (= toilet) → wáter m
6. (US) (= buttocks) → culo m
1. [+ food] → enlatar, envasar
can it! (US) → ¡cállate!
2. (US) (= dismiss) [+ employee] → despedir
C. CPD can opener Nabrelatas m inv
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1 [ˈkæn]
[oil, petrol] → bidon m
a can of petrol → un bidon d'essence
(= tin) [vegetables, fruit, fish] → boîte f (de conserve); [beer, coke] → cannette f
a can of sweetcorn → une boîte de maïs
a can of beer → une cannette de bière
it's in the can → c'est dans la boîte
to carry the can (British) (= take responsibility) → payer les pots cassés
He had to carry the can → Il a dû payer les pots cassés.
vt [+ food] → mettre en conserve


2 [ˈkæn](STRONG) [kən] [cannot, can't] (negative) [could] (conditional and pt) modal aux vb
(= be able to) → pouvoir
You can do it if you try → Vous pouvez le faire si vous essayez.
I can't come → Je ne peux pas venir.
I can't hear you
BUT Je ne t'entends pas.
I can't remember
BUT Je ne m'en souviens pas.
(= know how to) → savoir
I can swim → Je sais nager.
He can't drive → Il ne sait pas conduire.
I can play tennis → Je sais jouer au tennis.
Can you speak French?
BUT Parlez-vous français?.
(= may) → pouvoir
Can I use your phone? → Est-ce que je peux me servir de votre téléphone?
can I help you? → est-ce que je peux vous aider?
(expressing disbelief, puzzlement)
That can't be true! → Ce n'est pas possible!
What CAN he want? → Qu'est-ce qu'il peut bien vouloir?
see also could
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in cpdsBüchsen-, Dosen-


1 pret <could>
modal aux vb (defective parts supplied by to be able to)
(= be able to)können; can you come tomorrow?kannst du morgen kommen?; I can’t or cannot go to the theatre tomorrowich kann morgen nicht ins Theater (gehen); I’ll do it if I canwenn ich kann(, tue ich es); he’ll help you all he caner wird sein Möglichstes tun, er wird tun, was in seinen Kräften steht; as soon as it can be arrangedsobald es sich machen lässt; could you tell me …können or könnten Sie mir sagen, …; can you speak German?können or sprechen Sie Deutsch?; we can but hope that…, we can only hope that …wir können nur hoffen, dass …; they could not (help) but condemn itsie konnten nicht anders, als das zu verurteilen
(= may)dürfen, können; can I come too?kann ich mitkommen?; can or could I take some more?darf ich mir noch etwas or noch einmal nehmen?; you can go nowSie können jetzt gehen; can I help?darf or kann ich Ihnen helfen?; could I possibly go with you?könnte or dürfte ich vielleicht mitkommen?; I’d like to go, can I? — no, you can’tich würde gerne gehen, darf ich? — nein, du darfst nicht; can I use your car? — no, you can’tkann or darf ich dein Auto nehmen? — nein
(expressing surprise etc) → können; how can/could you say such a thing!wie können/konnten Sie nur or bloß so etwas sagen!; where can it be?wo kann das bloß sein?; where can they have gone?wo können sie denn nur hingegangen sein?; you can’t be seriousdas kann doch wohl nicht dein Ernst sein
(expressing possibility) → können; it could be that he’s got lostvielleicht hat er sich verlaufen, (es ist) möglich, dass er sich verlaufen hat; could he have got lost?ob er sich wohl or vielleicht verlaufen hat?; he could be on the next trainer könnte im nächsten Zug sein; and it could have been such a good party!und es hätte so eine gute Party sein können!; to think he could have become a doctorwenn man bedenkt, dass er hätte Arzt werden können
(with verbs of perception) → können; can you hear me?hören Sie mich?, können Sie mich hören?
(= be capable of occasionally)können; she can be very nice when she wants towenn sie will, kann sie sehr nett sein
(indicating suggestion) → können; you could try telephoning himSie könnten ihn ja mal anrufen; you could have been a little more politeSie hätten etwas höflicher sein können; you could have told medas hätten Sie mir auch sagen können
(= feel inclined to)können; I could have murdered herich hätte sie umbringen können
we could do with some new furniturewir könnten neue Möbel gebrauchen; I could do with a drink nowich könnte jetzt etwas zu trinken vertragen; this room could do with a coat of paintdas Zimmer könnte mal wieder gestrichen werden; he looks as though he could do with a wash/haircutich glaube, er müsste sich mal waschen/er müsste sich (dat)mal wieder die Haare schneiden lassen


(= container)Kanister m; (= milk can)Kanne f; (esp US: = garbage can) → (Müll)eimer m; in the can (Film) → im Kasten; the contract’s in the can (inf)wir haben den Vertrag in der Tasche (inf); to carry the can (Brit fig inf) → die Sache ausbaden (inf)
(= tin)Dose f; (of food also)Büchse f; a can of beereine Dose Bier; a beer caneine Bierdose; a can of painteine Dose Farbe; (with handle) → ein Eimer mFarbe ? worm N a
(US inf: = prison) → Knast m (inf)
(US inf: = lavatory) → Klo nt (inf), → Scheißhaus nt (sl)
foodstuffseinmachen, eindosen ? canned
(inf) can it!Klappe! (inf)
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2 [kæn]
1. n (container, for foodstuffs) → scatola; (for oil, water) → latta (esp Am) (garbage can) → bidone m
a can of beer → una lattina di birra
to carry the can (Brit) (fam) → prendere la colpa
2. vt (food) → inscatolare
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(kӕn) negative can't (kaːnt) cannot (ˈkӕnət) verb
1. to be able to. You can do it if you try hard.
2. to know how to. Can you drive a car?
3. (usually may) to have permission to. You can go if you behave yourself.
4. used in questions to indicate surprise, disbelief etc. What can he be doing all this time?


(kӕn) noun
a metal container for liquids and many types of food. oil-can; beer-can; six cans of beer.
verbpast tense, past participle canned
to put (especially food) into cans, usually to preserve it. a factory for canning raspberries.
canned adjective
put in cans. canned peas.
ˈcanneryplural ˈcanneries noun
a factory where goods are canned.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.


عُلْبَة, يَسْتَطِيعُ moci, plechovka dåse, kan Dose, können κουτάκι, μπορώ lata, poder osata, tölkki cannette, pouvoir limenka, moći lattina, sapere ・・・できる, 缶 ...할 수 있다, 깡통 blik, kunnen boks, kan móc, puszka lata, poder консервная банка, мочь burk, kunna กระป๋อง, สามารถ kutu, yapabilmek bình đựng, có thể ,
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n. lata, bote, envase;
v. aux could (de able to) poder.
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References in classic literature ?
"And I shall not go so far but what I can get back before night.
AND rushed into the toolshed, and jumped into a can. It would have been a beautiful thing to hide in, if it had not had so much water in it.
Last night he take me for see, and I can understand very much talk.
"But I can't see the use of your working for a living.
As soon as I can after I come back, I will come and see you."
"She can eat out of my skillet the rest of her life.
"Good-bye, mother, I can't stay," said Adam, putting on his hat and going out.
You can feel them in the air round about him, capering frenetically; with their invisible feet they set the pace, and the hair of the leader of the orchestra rises on end, and his eyeballs start from their sockets, as he toils to keep up with them.
How can one like and have an aversion to a person at the same time?
And thus, though Tess kept repeating to herself, "I can never be his wife," the words were vain.
What can I do to repay you for all that you have done for me?
For before your head has time to spoil you can have it canned, and in that way it may be preserved indefinitely."