: characterized by eager willingness to accept and meet challenges
a can-do attitude
can-do-ism noun

Examples of can-do in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her mission is to help entrepreneurs create a can-do mindset, emphasizing the importance of self-belief and resilience. Maria Williams, USA TODAY, 24 Mar. 2024 The United States is often characterized by its can-do attitude and the pursuit of the American Dream–the idea that motivated individuals have the freedom to pursue their dreams and improve life for themselves and their families. Clay Routledge, Fortune, 4 Mar. 2024 Myers, whose death was announced on the LinkedIn page of his Myers & Son Construction, started a construction firm in 1973 and gained fame for his can-do attitude tackling huge projects, most notably the repair of the Santa Monica Freeway that had been damaged in the 1994 Northridge Earthquake. Sam Stanton, Sacramento Bee, 15 Feb. 2024 Instead of plowing through obstacles with a can-do, problem-solving attitude, people begin to think and act hesitantly, with more of a cover-their-butts attitude. Bhopi Dhall and Saurajit Kanungo, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 This can-do, persevere-at-all-costs attitude is what has made Brauer a rising star in the racing world. Kc Baker, Peoplemag, 2 Feb. 2024 Her TikTok and Instagram work is characterized by a can-do attitude, presenting a woman who is not afraid to roll up her sleeves and get her hands dirty on the farm — and then take part in a beauty pageant. Madison Malone Kircher Bridget Bennett, New York Times, 30 Jan. 2024 Assistant Barbie Assistant Barbie comes with a can-do attitude but a Gen Z insistence on work-life balance that makes her bosses feel deeply uncomfortable and very old. Julian Sancton, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 Jan. 2024 In this story of can-do spirit, Stoner gets his big break through a chance meeting. Colin Dickey, The New Republic, 23 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1925, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of can-do was in 1925

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“Can-do.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/can-do. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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