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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 The demand for canned tuna in the United States peaked years ago and is currently declining, COVID-19 stockpiling aside. Christopher Pollon, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Will Commercial Fishing Pressure Affect Skipjack Tuna?," 23 Mar. 2021 The downtown Birmingham location offers a selection craft sodas and canned craft beers. al, "Second location of Eugene’s Hot Chicken set to open in Hoover," 3 Sep. 2020 The main floor’s dining area currently features two bars, offering draft and canned beers, wines and batch cocktails, like margaritas and sangria. Leeanne Griffin,, "Parkville Market, ‘biggest restaurant in Connecticut’ offers taste of the globe," 18 Aug. 2020 The rooms are organized by content: cleaning supplies; toiletries; household items and a pantry for canned and dry goods, and — when the organization gets them as donations — turkeys and hams. La Risa R. Lynch, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "In Milwaukee's Metcalfe Park, the Freedom Shop provides care packages to neighbors, filling gaps left by government and social service," 11 Mar. 2021 Plus, canned and bottled beverages are a great way to stay socially distanced this year. Sara Hendricks, USA TODAY, "17 things that make St. Patrick's Day even more fun," 5 Mar. 2021 Xiomy de la Cruz greets volunteers at a local food bank and tasks them with the day's assignments — distributing canned food, meat, and rice to dozens of people who have come to rely on the pantry for their week's supplies. Priscilla Alvarez, CNN, "She came to the US seeking asylum. Now, she's helping support hundreds of undocumented families," 10 Mar. 2021 Restaurants closed, pantries were stocked to the brim with canned foods, delivery apps surged in popularity, and in a few swift moments, most of life moved online. Annie Vainshtein,, "Pandemic fueling a sharp rise in eating disorders, Bay Area experts say," 19 Jan. 2021 Martin also suggested making bulk donations of fresh, frozen or canned food to soup kitchens and individual portions to food pantries. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, "Millions of Americans could be facing eviction after the holidays. Here's how you can help," 16 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of canned

1856, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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2 May 2021

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“Canned.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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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