\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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Plus, my personal favorite canned food is pumpkin — try it in Greek yogurt with cinnamon and a little honey! Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "11 Grocery Shopping Mistakes That Are Wrecking Your Diet," 9 Aug. 2018 Both locations will be holding a canned food drive during the event. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "2018 Cinco de Mayo events in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, Sedona and more," 1 May 2018 Under the plan, half of Summers’ $121 a month would come in the form of a box of nonperishable food like peanut butter, beans, pasta, cereal and canned products. Joe Garofoli, San Francisco Chronicle, "Trump’s food-stamp plan: Government picks the meals for poor people," 15 Feb. 2018 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

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First Known Use of canned

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of canned was in 1859

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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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to express warning or disapproval

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