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English noun: can

1. can (artifact) airtight sealed metal container for food or drink or paint etc.


Synonymstin, tin can


Broader (hypernym)container


Narrower (hyponym)beer can, caddy, cannikin, coffee can, milk can, oilcan, soda can, tea caddy

2. can (quantity) the quantity contained in a can


Synonymscanful


Broader (hypernym)containerful

3. can (communication) a buoy with a round bottom and conical top


Synonymscan buoy


Broader (hypernym)buoy

4. can (body) the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on


SamplesHe deserves a good kick in the butt.
Are you going to sit on your fanny and do nothing?.


Synonymsarse, ass, backside, behind, bottom, bum, buns, butt, buttocks, derriere, fanny, fundament, hind end, hindquarters, keister, nates, posterior, prat, rear, rear end, rump, seat, stern, tail, tail end, tooshie, tush


Broader (hypernym)body part


Part meronymbody, torso, trunk

5. can (artifact) a plumbing fixture for defecation and urination


Synonymscommode, crapper, pot, potty, stool, throne, toilet


Broader (hypernym)plumbing fixture


Narrower (hyponym)flush toilet, flushless toilet, lavatory, potty chair, potty seat


Part holonymtoilet bowl, toilet seat


Part meronymbath, bathroom, bathroom, can, john, lav, lavatory, privy, toilet

6. can (artifact) a room or building equipped with one or more toilets


Synonymsbathroom, john, lav, lavatory, privy, toilet


Broader (hypernym)room


Narrower (hyponym)closet, comfort station, convenience, head, loo, public convenience, public lavatory, public toilet, restroom, toilet facility, W.C., wash room, washroom, water closet


Part holonymcan, commode, crapper, pot, potty, stool, throne, toilet


English verb: can

1. can (change) preserve in a can or tin


SamplesTinned foods are not very tasty.


ExamplesThe chefs can the vegetables


Synonymsput up, tin


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)keep, preserve


Domain categorycookery, cooking, preparation

2. can (social) terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position


SamplesThe boss fired his secretary today.
The company terminated 25% of its workers.


Synonymsdismiss, displace, fire, force out, give notice, give the axe, give the sack, sack, send away, terminate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE


Broader (hypernym)remove


Narrower (hyponym)clean out, dismiss, drop, furlough, lay off, pension off, retire, send away, send packing, squeeze out


Antonymshire, employ, engage









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