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Main Entry: 1can
Pronunciation: kschwan, (primarystress)kan
Function: helping verb
Inflected Form(s): past could /kschwad, (primarystress)kudotd/; present singular & plural can
Etymology: Old English can "to know, know how to"
1 a : know how to <we can read> b : be able to <I can hear you> c : be permitted by conscience or feeling to <they can hardly blame you> d : have the power or right to
2 : have permission to : MAY <you can go now>

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