Date: 1646 could not

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • couldn't — [[t]k ʊd(ə)nt[/t]] Couldn t is the usual spoken form of could not …   English dictionary

  • couldn't — by 1670s, contraction of COULD (Cf. could) + NOT (Cf. not) …   Etymology dictionary

  • couldn't — (could not) v. used to express the fact that one is unable or unwilling to do something; used to express the impossibility of an occurrence …   English contemporary dictionary

  • couldn't — ► CONTRACTION ▪ could not …   English terms dictionary

  • couldn't — [kood′ nt] contraction could not …   English World dictionary

  • COULDN'T — contr. could not. * * * /ˈkʊdn̩t/ used as a contraction of could not I tried but I couldn t do it. couldn t care less see ↑care, 2 …   Useful english dictionary

  • couldn't — [ˈkʊd(ə)nt] short form the usual way of saying or writing ‘could not . This is not often used in formal writing I couldn t go to her party.[/ex] …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • couldn't — could•n t [[t]ˈkʊd nt[/t]] use contraction of could not[/ex] • usage: See care …   From formal English to slang

  • couldn't — could|n t [ kudnt ] short form the usual way of saying or writing could not. This is not used in formal writing …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • couldn't — /kood nt/ contraction of could not. Usage. See care, contraction. * * * …   Universalium

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