[ kan-doo ]
/ ˈkænˈdu /

adjective Informal.

marked by purposefulness and efficiency: a can-do executive.


the quality of being efficient and enthusiastic.

Origin of can-do

First recorded in 1900–05 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for can-do



confident and resourceful in the face of challengesa can-do attitude
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Word Origin and History for can-do



by 1952, from expression can do "it is possible," literally "(I or we) can do (it)," 1903, perhaps based on earlier no can do (see no).

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