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noun
  1. A more or less cylindrical vessel for liquids, usually of steel or aluminium.
  2. A container used to carry and dispense water for plants (a watering can).
  3. A tin-plate canister, often cylindrical, for preserved foods such as fruit, meat, or fish.
  4. (context, US, euphemism) toilet, bathroom.
  5. (context, US, euphemism) buttocks.
  6. (slang) headphones
verb (inf=-, can, -, could, couth (obsolete except in adjective use))
  1. (context, obsolete, transitive) To know.
  2. (context, modal auxiliary verb, defective) To know how to; to be able to.
She speak English, French, and German.
I play football.
Can you remember your fifth birthday?
  1. (context, modal auxiliary verb, defective, colloquial) may, May; to be permitted or enabled to.
You go outside and play when you're finished with your homework.
Can I use your pen?
canst Tweet Definition of canst Like Definition of canst on Facebook
verb
  1. (archaic) Second-person singular simple present form of can.
Canst thou show me the way?
considering Tweet Definition of considering Like Definition of considering on Facebook
verb
  1. (present participle of, consider)
could Tweet Definition of could Like Definition of could on Facebook
verb
  1. (simple past of, can
    1. Etymology 1, can)

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