\ ˈkand \

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

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Providing fresh produce like kale, spinach, and asparagus, plus baked goods, their top sellers are a wide variety of canned items. Dana Mcmahan, The Courier-Journal, "Here are the top fresh foods to try at Louisville-area farmers markets," 15 May 2018 Been lying around doing no work whatsoever – just reading (Long, Long Ago – Woollcott; Crooked Lane; H.M. Pulham, Esq.) and feeding ourselves on purloined canned goods. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Service Diary of a Corpsman: Roy L. Wall, LST 509," 28 May 2018 On Mondays, there will be free admission until 3 p.m. for anyone who donates three canned or dried food items, which will be given to the Elk Grove Food Bank. Daniel Wilson, sacbee, "What’s new at the California State Fair? Here’s everything you need to know," 13 July 2018 The agency is requesting bottled water; non-perishable food such as canned corn, beans, potatoes and carrots; new women’s clothing sizes 2 to 6; new men’s pants, waist sizes up to 28 inches; new children’s clothing; and reusable shopping bags. Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, "Catholic Charities requesting supplies for families at border," 10 July 2018 Strom was joined by her colleagues outside the store's entrance, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The team collected canned and boxed foods and cash donations from shoppers. Dennis Hohenberger, Courant Community, "Enfield DPW Holds Collection For Local Food Pantries," 29 May 2018 Instead of Les Caves' simple menu of canned seafood and griddled sandwiches, OK Omens will have a full menu from one of Portland's top chefs. Michael Russell,, "OK Omens brings natural wine, progressive food to Cafe Castagna space," 3 May 2018 The answer: Look for fresh, frozen or canned conch at your local seafood monger, Caribbean markets and larger grocery stores. Claire Perez,, "Claire’s tip of the week: Where to purchase ground conch," 4 May 2018 La Colombe, which operates cafes and sells bottled and canned coffees, would be the latest craft coffee brand to get scooped up by a giant beverage company., "La Colombe Hires Moelis in Bid for $1 Billion Valuation," 3 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of canned

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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.

: not original or special

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