can't

contraction
\ ˈkant How to pronounce can't (audio) , ˈkänt, especially Southern ˈkānt How to pronounce can't (audio) \

Definition of can't

: can not

First Known Use of can't

1597, in the meaning defined above

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can't

\ ˈkant How to pronounce can't (audio) , ˈkänt, ˈkānt\

Kids Definition of can't

: can not I can't see in the dark.

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