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noun [countable] can pronunciation in British English /kæn/
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  1. 1
    a closed metal container with round sides, for food or drinks. It is opened with a can opener. In British English the word tin is usually used if a can contains food, but not if it contains a drink
    empty beer cans
    a can of beans/soda
    1. a.
      a metal container with round sides and a lid, used especially for holding liquids
      There’s a little paint left in the can.
    2. b.
      spray can
      a can of insect repellent
    3. c.
      the amount of food, drink, paint etc that a metal container holds
      can of: Add two cans of tomatoes to the sauce and stir.
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  2. 2

    the can

    American informal a prison
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  3. 3

    the can

    American informal a toilet
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