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can/cannot help

Definition of can/cannot help

  1. :  to be able/unable to prevent (something) from happening <There will be no more layoffs. At least not if I can help it.> <I can't help if they make fun of you.>



Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  know, understand

    :  to be able to do, make, or accomplish

    :  to have knowledge or skill

  1. :  a usually cylindrical receptacle:

    :  a vessel for holding liquids

    :  a drinking vessel

  1. :  to put in a can :  preserve by sealing in airtight cans or jars

    :  to hit (a golf shot) into the cup

    :  to hit (a shot) in basketball

  1. : canceled; cancellation

    : cannon

    : canto

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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