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Definition of canned

1 : preserved in a sealed can or jar canned peaches canned pumpkin
2a : prepared or recorded in advance especially : prepared in standardized form for nonspecific use or wide distribution canned laughter canned music
b : lacking originality or individuality as if mass-produced a canned speech
3 slang : drunk sense 1a

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Examples of canned in a Sentence

The salesperson kept using the same canned phrases. there's a canned quality to the screenplay that reminds you of countless other action movies
Recent Examples on the Web Families will receive an emergency food box stocked with canned goods, a produce box with potatoes and vegetables and a mixed dairy box, St. Mary's said. Brieanna J. Frank, azcentral, "Navajo Nation receives 125,000 pounds of food in St. Mary's Food Bank's largest single-day distribution," 22 May 2020 With everyone hunkering down at home, the demand for canned beans is booming — which means the metal can industry is, too. Charlotte Cowles, New York Times, "The Week in Business: It’s Ugly Out There," 10 May 2020 Her 10-foot long dining room table is covered with canned goods, pancake mix, peanut butter, paper goods and cleaning products. Staff, Indianapolis Star, "Our Hoosier life: One day in Indiana under coronavirus," 23 Apr. 2020 Some folks have a store of canned goods, bottled water, and medical supplies for potential national emergencies and pandemics. Annie Colquitt, House Beautiful, "23 Creative Ways to Entertain Your Kids at Home," 27 Mar. 2020 Add ½ cup drained canned tomatoes and ½ cup chicken stock; simmer covered 20 minutes. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, "Recipes and Tips from Our 1943 Edition of New Cook Book That Are Totally Relevant Today," 28 Apr. 2020 From beneath the cash register, Theodosia lifted a cardboard box intended for canned green beans. Allan Gurganus, The New Yorker, "The Wish for a Good Young Country Doctor," 27 Apr. 2020 Unlike the corn, the smoke delivered a serious upgrade to the canned beans. Chuck Blount,, "Chuck’s Food Shack: How to add smoke flavor to your favorite barbecue sides baked beans, green beans and mac and cheese," 13 Apr. 2020 Once hot, sauté the onion and garlic; Add the bell pepper, tomato paste and canned tomatoes to the skillet. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "5 Easter Brunch Recipes You Can Make In 30 Minutes Or Less," 10 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of canned

1856, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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27 May 2020

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“Canned.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of canned

: preserved in a metal or glass container
: prepared or recorded at an earlier time for use in television, radio, etc.
US : not original or special

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