Can't Can't A colloquial contraction for can not. [1913 Webster]

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  • can't — [ka:nt US kænt] 1.) the short form of cannot ▪ Sorry, I can t help you. ▪ You can swim, can t you? 2.) used to say that something is impossible or unlikely ▪ You can t miss it it s a huge building …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • can't — [ kænt ] short form the usual way of saying or writing CANNOT. This is not often used in formal writing: Can t you come a little earlier? Why can t we? They can t be serious! …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • can't — [[t]kɑ͟ːnt, AM kæ̱nt[/t]] Can t is the usual spoken form of cannot …   English dictionary

  • can't — (can not) v. not able, unable, not capable …   English contemporary dictionary

  • can't — 1706, contraction of CANNOT (Cf. cannot) …   Etymology dictionary

  • can't — see cannot …   Modern English usage

  • can't — ► CONTRACTION ▪ cannot …   English terms dictionary

  • can't — [kant, känt] contraction cannot …   English World dictionary

  • CAN'T — contr. can not. * * * ˈkant, aa(ə) , ai ; esp S ā ; esp NewEng & Brit ȧ , ä ; sporadically e Etymology: by contraction : can not * * * /kant, kahnt/ contraction of cannot. Usage. See can1, cannot, contraction. * * * can t contraction of ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • can't — 1 the short form of cannot: I can t understand what this means. | You can swim, can t you? 2 used as the opposite of must , to say that something is impossible or unlikely: They can t have gone out because the light s on …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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