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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


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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