Definition of can
What does the word can mean?
part of speech: verb
(2 s., canst; 3 s., can; neg., cannot, can\'t; past& condit., could, couldest or couldest; infin., part., & p.p. wanting; defective parts supplied f. be able to). Be able to; have the right to; be permitted to (you can go; also as mild imperat.); could, feel inclined to (could laugh for joy; really couldn\'t think of it); cannot AWAY with; (with ellipse) will do what I can. [old English]
part of speech: noun, transitive verb
Vessel for liquids, usu. of metal, esp. tin, and with handle over top, whence canful (2) n.; c.-buoy, large conical buoy over sands &c.; c.-dock, water lily; (United States) (put in a) tin-plate box for hermetic sealing (meat, fish, fruit, &c.), whence (-) canner n. [old English]