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See also: cant
- (Australia) enPR: känt, IPA(key): /kaːnt/, [kʰäːnt]
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- (England, some US speakers) enPR: känt, IPA(key): /kɑːnt/, [kʰɑːnt]
- (many US speakers, Canada, Scotland, Ireland) enPR: kănt, IPA(key): /kænt/
- (æ-tensing) IPA(key): [keənt]
- (Southern American English) IPA(key): [keɪnt]
- Rhymes: -eɪnt
- Homophones: cant, Kant (in some dialects)
- cannot; is unable to; does not have the ability to
- I can’t quite get it to work.
- is forbidden to; is not permitted to
- You can’t enter the hall without a ticket.
- Logically impossible. Logical negative conclusion. (Often with “be”)
- The butler can’t be the murderer because he was in London that evening.
- 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.
cannot — see cannot
Most common English words before 1923: ye · common · subject · #440: can't · ready · ought · written