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don't

[dohnt] /doʊnt/
verb
1.
contraction of do not.
2.
Nonstandard except in some dialects. contraction of does not.
noun
3.
don'ts, customs, rules, or regulations that forbid something:
The boss has a long list of don'ts that you had better observe if you want a promotion.
Compare do1 (def 55).
Usage note
Don't is the standard contraction for do not. As a contraction for does not, don't first appeared in writing in the latter half of the 17th century, about the same time as the first written appearance of other contracted forms with not, like mayn't and can't. Don't remained the standard contraction for does not in both speech and writing through the 18th century. During the 19th century, under pressure from those who thought it illogical and who preferred doesn't in that use, don't for does not gradually became less frequent in writing but continued to be common in speech. Don't for does not still occurs in the informal speech and in the personal writing of many Americans, including the well educated, especially in the Midland and Southern dialects. It does not occur in edited writing or formal speech.
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Examples from the web for dont
  • dont mistake the one for the other if you wish to become a lady in a shop.
  • dont you insult human relations by dragging all this cant about buying and selling into it.
  • Please dont judge a life by the false books and words society shows you.
  • Read the headlines folks, these issues are a problem for our governments and they dont have the answers.
  • How human ingenuity is dont belive it show me a picture.
  • If you dont think that who continues to have the dinner table.
  • dont know how accurate it is but it seems to be the best thing available.
  • Its a trade off because people who dont sleep at night have more stress.
  • Grown-ups dont utter science and evolution together except for a laugh.
  • Knowing this, you dont have to be advised on the birth control.
British Dictionary definitions for dont

don't

/dəʊnt/
contraction
1.
do not
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for dont

don't

contraction of do not, recorded from 1630s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for dont

don't

noun

Something one should not or must not do; a NO-NO: The do's and don'ts of sailing a leaky barge


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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