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[kant, kahnt] /kænt, kɑnt/
contraction of cannot.
Can be confused
can't, cant, Kant.
Usage note Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples from the web for can't
  • He's a blockhead who wants a proof of what he can't perceive.
  • If it is not literature, it is likely to be so heavy that you can't lift it.
  • Reviewers are forever telling authors they can't understand them.
  • Whatever he is, you can't get rid of him under the week.
  • The essential thing is to prevent her from attempting anything she can't do well.
  • Finally, a pumpkin pie for those who can't eat dairy products.
  • But, if you can't find plants, there are plenty of seed sources.
  • Feel free to use yellow nectarines or even peaches if you can't find white nectarines.
  • If you can't find blood oranges, use regular oranges.
  • Using a steel maintains a precise edge but can't actually sharpen a knife.
British Dictionary definitions for can't


Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for can't

1706, contraction of cannot.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms and Phrases with can't
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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