can·​not | \ ˈka-(ˌ)nät; kə-ˈnät, ka-ˈnät\

Definition of cannot

: can not
cannot but or cannot help but or less commonly cannot help
: to be unable to do otherwise than we cannot but wonder why I cannot help feeling sorry for them.

First Known Use of cannot

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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can·​not | \ ˈka-ˌnät, kə-ˈnät\

Kids Definition of cannot

: can not We cannot attend the party.

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