couldn't

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\ˈku̇-dənt, -dən, dialectal also ˈku̇-tən(t) or ˈku̇nt\

Definition of couldn't

  1. :  could not

First Known Use of couldn't

1646



COULDN'T Defined for Kids

couldn't

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\ˈku̇-dənt\

Definition of couldn't for Students

  1. :  could not I couldn't unlock the door.



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