can

can
can1 [kan; , kən]
v.aux.
pt.could [ME < OE, 1st & 3d pers. sing., pres. indic., of cunnan, know, have power to, be able; common Gmc < IE base * gen-, *gno- > L gnoscere, KNOW; orig. meaning “to be able mentally or spiritually,” as distinguished from may, “to be able physically”]
1. know(s) how to
2. am, are, or is able to
3. am, are, or is likely or at all likely to [can that be true?]
4. have or has the moral or legal right to
5. Informal am, are, or is permitted to; may: As a modal auxiliary, can is followed by an infinitive without to
vi.
1. know(s) how
2. am, are, or is able [yes I can]
3. am, are, or is likely or at all likely
4. have or has the moral or legal right
5. Informal am, are, or is permitted; may
vt.
Obs. know(s)
know(s)
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can but
can only
USAGE- traditional grammar makes a clear distinction between CAN1 (for ability) and MAY1 (for permission), the classic example being the retort, “Yes, you can go, but you may not”; in everyday speech and writing, however, CAN1 is generally accepted for both meanings, with MAY1 being used only when the notion of permission is important to the sense of an utterance and there is a possibility of ambiguity
can2 [kan]
n.
[ME & OE canne, a cup, container < Gmc * kanna (> LL canna, a vessel); prob. < IE base * gan(dh), container > MIr gann, ON kani]
1. a container of various kinds, usually made of metal with a separate cover [a milk can, a garbage can, a can of shoe polish ]
2. a container made of tinned iron or other metal, in which foods or other perishable products are sealed for preservation
3. the amount that a can holds
4. Slang
a) a prison
b) the buttocks
c) a toilet
d) short for TIN CAN (sense 2)
vt.
canned, canning
1. to put up in airtight cans or jars for preservation
2. Slang
a) to dismiss; discharge
b) to put an end to; stop
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in the can
recorded, filmed, taped, etc. but not yet released for sale, exhibition, broadcast, viewing, etc.

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