can·​not | \ ˈka-(ˌ)nät How to pronounce cannot (audio) ; 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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The first known use of cannot was in the 15th century

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“Cannot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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can·​not | \ ˈka-ˌnät How to pronounce cannot (audio) , kə-ˈnät \

Kids Definition of cannot

: can not We cannot attend the party.

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