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can is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of can in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… kind of as close as we can get to a full …”

meanings of can


  1. A chimney pot.
  2. Buttocks.
  3. Headphones.
  4. An E-meter used in Scientology auditing.
  5. An ounce (or sometimes, two ounces) of marijuana.
  6. Acronym of community action network.
  7. A drinking cup.
  8. A cube-shaped buoy or marker used to denote a port-side lateral mark.
  9. Abbreviation of controller area network.
  10. A container used to carry and dispense water for plants (a watering can).
  11. Jail or prison.
  12. A more or less cylindrical vessel for liquids, usually of steel or aluminium, but sometimes of plastic, and with a carrying handle over the top.
  13. Acronym of court attendance notice.
  14. Ceric ammonium nitrate.
  15. Initialism of consistent and asymptotically normal, a statistic estimator Tn(X1, X2, ..., Xn) is CAN (consistent and asymptotically normal) if ....
  16. A protective cover for the fuel element in a nuclear reactor.
  17. Initialism of campus area network.
  18. A tin-plate canister, often cylindrical, for preserved foods such as fruit, meat, or fish.
  19. A chamber pot, now a toilet or lavatory.


  1. May; to be permitted or enabled to.
  2. To have the potential to; be possible.
  3. To preserve by heating and sealing in a jar or can.
  4. To shut up.
  5. To hole the ball.
  6. To discard, scrap or terminate (an idea, project, etc.).
  7. To seal in a can.
  8. To fire or dismiss an employee.
  9. To cover (the fuel element in a nuclear reactor) with a protective cover.
  10. To know how to; to be able to.
  11. To know.
  12. Used with verbs of perception.


  1. Abbreviation of Controller Area Network., ISO standards 11898, 11898-1, 11898-2, and its predecessor standards.
  2. The Andean Community of Nations.
  3. Alternative spelling of Can.

can frequency in english - A1 level of CEFR

the word can occurs in english on average 2363.2 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for A1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics can can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that can can be often used in the following areas:

1) business and work;

2) education, science, and technology;

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