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Definition of 'can'


  1. airtight sealed metal container for food or drink or paint etc.
       Synonyms: tin tin can
  2. the quantity contained in a can
       Synonyms: canful
  3. a buoy with a round bottom and conical top
       Synonyms: can buoy
  4. 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?"
       Synonyms: buttocks nates arse butt backside bum buns fundament hindquarters hind end keister posterior prat rear rear end rump stern seat tail tail end tooshie tush bottom behind derriere fanny
  5. a plumbing fixture for defecation and urination
       Synonyms: toilet commode crapper pot potty stool throne
  6. a room or building equipped with one or more toilets
       Synonyms: toilet lavatory lav john privy bathroom


  1. preserve in a can or tin; "tinned foods are not very tasty"
       Synonyms: tin put up
  2. terminate the employment of; "The boss fired his secretary today"; "The company terminated 25% of its workers"
       Synonyms: fire give notice dismiss give the axe send away sack force out give the sack terminate
       Antonyms: hire engage employ

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