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cannot (help) but

Definition of cannot (help) but

formal

  1. —used to say that something seems like it cannot be avoided <I could not (help) but wonder why she had lied.>



Word by Word Definitions

cannotplay
  1. :  can not

helpplay
  1. :  to give assistance or support to

    :  to make more pleasant or bearable :  improve, relieve

    :  rescue, save

  1. :  aid, assistance

    :  a source of aid

    :  remedy, relief


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to make consistent or congruous

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