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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

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So, is London Fashion Week likely to be full of clothes designed for eating hoarded canned food by candlelight? Sarah Mower, Vogue, "The Brexit Deadline Is Looming—Here’s How It Will Affect London Fashion Week," 14 Feb. 2019 Add canned tomatoes and their juices, breaking up whole tomatoes with your hands. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "The Most Satisfying Vegetable Soup," 28 Dec. 2018 A few feet from the shelter is a makeshift kitchen with an old camping stove and shelves lined with canned soup and vegetables. Richard Winton,, "Parents charged with child abuse after kids found living in squalid shack near Joshua Tree," 2 Mar. 2018 Shallow shelves stacked roughly six inches apart are perfect for canned goods, spices, and other small items that could get lost at the back of a bigger shelf. Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, "Pantry," 11 Feb. 2019 That's because a lot of soup recipes rely on simple, low-cost pantry staples—like canned beans—and seasonal vegetables that taste great for reasonable prices. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "14 Soups You Can Make for Less Than $2 Per Serving," 27 Nov. 2018 With a converted camper van, a map of the U.S., and a box full of granola bars and canned beans, this 25-year-old set out to see more of our glorious country for himself. Jenae Sitzes, Country Living, "This 25-Year-Old Spent $250 Building a Camper Van To Travel the U.S.," 15 Feb. 2017 Per capita consumption of canned tuna has dropped 42% in the three decades through 2016, according to the latest data available from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Annie Gasparro, WSJ, "The Trouble With Tuna: ‘A Lot of Millennials Don’t Even Own Can Openers’," 2 Dec. 2018 There are always half a dozen craft beers on tap, plus a long list of canned specialty beers, a hot trend among small producers. Larry Olmsted, USA TODAY, "Derby City's spot for barbecue, oysters and Southern food," 2 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.
US : not original or special

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