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Similar words: wouldshouldheart and soulcoupcourtcoursecouchcousinMeaning: [kæn;kən]  verb.1. to be able to; have the ability, power, or skill to: She can solve the problem easily, I'm sure. 2. to know how to: He can play chess, although he's not particularly good at it. 3. to have the power or means to: A dictator can impose his will on the people. 4. to have the right or qualifications to: He can change whatever he wishes in the script. 5. may; have permission to: Can I speak to you for a moment? 6. to have the possibility: A coin can land on either side. v.t., v.i.7. Obs. to know. [bef. 900; ME, OE, pres. ind. sing. 1st, 3rd person of cunnan to know, know how; c. G, ON, Goth kann; see KEN, KNOW]Usage. CAN1 and MAY1 are frequently but not always interchangeable in senses indicating possibility: A power failure can (or may) occur at any time. Despite the insistence by some, that CAN means only "to be able" and MAY means "to be permitted," both are regularly used in seeking or granting permission: Can (or May) I borrow your tape recorder? You can (or may) use it tomorrow.Sentences using CAN occur chiefly in spoken English. MAY in this sense occurs more frequently in formal contexts: May I address the court, Your Honor? In negative constructions, CAN'T or CANNOT is more common than MAY NOT: You can't have it today. I need it myself. The contraction MAYN'T is rare.CAN BUT and CANNOT BUT are formal and now somewhat old-fashioned expressions suggesting that there is no possible alternative to doing something. CAN BUT is equivalent to CAN ONLY: We can but do our best. CANNOT BUT is the equivalent of CANNOT HELP BUT: We cannot but protest against these injustices. See also cannot, help.canned|canning|cans|could/kan/, n., v., canned, canning.n.1. a sealed container for food, beverages, etc., as of aluminum, sheet iron coated with tin, or other metal: a can of soup. 2. a receptacle for garbage, ashes, etc.: a trash can. 3. a bucket, pail, or other container for holding or carrying liquids: water can. 4. a drinking cup; tankard. 5. a metal or plastic container for holding film on cores or reels. 6. Slang. (usually vulgar). toilet; bathroom. 7. Slang. jail: He's been in the can for a week. 8. Slang. (sometimes vulgar). buttocks. 9. Mil. Slang. a depth charge. a destroyer. 10. carry the can, Brit. and Canadian Slang. to take the responsibility. 11. in the can, recorded on film; completed: The movie is in the can and ready for release. v.t.12. to preserve by sealing in a can, jar, etc. 13. Slang. to dismiss; fire. 14. Slang. to throw (something) away. 15. Slang. to put a stop to: Can that noise! 16. to record, as on film or tape. [bef. 1000; ME, OE canne, c. G Kanne, ON kanna, all perh. < WGmc; cf. LL canna small vessel], /kood/; unstressed /keuhd/, v.1. a pt. of can1. auxiliary verb.2. (used to express possibility): I wonder who that could be at the door. That couldn't be true. 3. (used to express conditional possibility or ability): You could do it if you tried. 4. (used in making polite requests): Could you open the door for me, please? 5. (used in asking for permission): Could I borrow your pen? 6. (used in offering suggestions or advice): You could write and ask for more information. You could at least have called me.. 
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1. Only a nation of educated people could remain free. 
2. You may [could] go farther and fare worse. 
3. To suppose, as we all suppose, that we could be rich and not behave as the rich behave, is like supposing that we could drink all day and keep absolute sober. 
4. She could not stop those balls from rolling round.
5. He would help you if he could.
6. Could I have a smidgen more wine?
7. Macmillan wrote back saying that he could certainly help.
8. Could you come and see me tomorrow?
9. Who could forget his speech at last year's party?
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10. He tore off before we could say a word.
11. That was the utmost he could do.
12. In the silence we could hear the clock ticking.
13. Could you call a taxi for me?
14. The allegations, if true, could lead to her resignation.
15. I could hear the echoes in this temple.
16. I could not know that. I'm not telepathic.
17. He could coax tears and laughter from his audience.
18. I could simply not be heard in the tumult.
19. Danny could be very jealous and possessive about me.
20. I could just eat a little something.
21. Could you serve this gentleman please, Miss Bath?
22. The war could run on for another year yet.
23. He could not hide his agitation.
24. I'm so tired I could sleep for a week.
25. I was ill, and therefore could not come.
26. He could barely afford the railway fare.
27. I wish I could help you, but I can't.
28. I intend no modification of my hope...expressed personal wish that all men everywhere could be free. 
29. The crash of the whole solar and stellar systems could only kill you once. 
30. Fame turns all the lights on and while it gives power and prestige, it takes the you out of you; you must be what the public thinks you are.not what you really are or could be. 
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