can't

See also: cant

English

Etymology

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Pronunciation

Contraction

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.
  3. Logically impossible. Logical negative conclusion. (Often with "be")
    The butler can't be the murderer because he was in London that evening.

Usage notes

  • 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.

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Translations

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References

  1. ^ can't” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2020.
  2. ^ can't” in Merriam–Webster Online Dictionary.