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can·not \ˈka-(ˌ)nät; kə-ˈnät, ka-ˈ\

Definition of cannot

  1. :  can not

cannot but or cannot help but also cannot help
  1. :  to be unable to do otherwise than <we cannot but wonder why>





CANNOT Defined for Kids

cannot

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can·not \ˈka-ˌnät, kə-ˈnät\

Definition of cannot

  1. :  can not <We cannot attend the party.>





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