can't

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

can +‎ -n't, since 1706[1] or earlier[2].

Pronunciation[edit]

Contraction[edit]

can't

  1. cannot; is unable to; does not have the ability to
    I can't quite get it to work.
  2. is forbidden to; is not permitted to
    You can't enter the hall without a ticket.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Some US dialects that glottalize the final /t/ in can't (/kæn(ʔ)/), in order to differentiate can't from can, pronounce can as /kɛn/ even when stressed.

Antonyms[edit]

See also[edit]

Translations[edit]

For other translations, see can and not.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ can't” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).
  2. ^ can't” in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Online