can

  1. an obs. form of began, imp. & p. p. of Begin, sometimes used in old poetry. [See Gan.]

n.

  1. A drinking cup; a vessel for holding liquids.
  2. A vessel or case of tinned iron or of sheet metal, of various forms, but usually cylindrical; as, a can of tomatoes; an oil can; a milk can.

v. t.

  1. To preserve by putting in sealed cans

v. t. & i.

  1. To know; to understand.
  2. To be able to do; to have power or influence.
  3. To be able; -- followed by an infinitive without to; as, I can go, but do not wish to.