can't
Pronunciation
  • (AU) enPR: känt, IPA: /kaːnt/, [kʰäːnt]
  • (RP, some US speakers) enPR: känt, IPA: /kɑːnt/, [kʰɑːnt]
  • (Scotland, Ireland, Northern England) enPR: känt
  • (most US speakers, Canada, some Irish speakers) enPR: kănt, IPA: /kænt/, /kæn(ʔ)/
    • (ae-tensing) IPA: [kʰeənt], IPA: [kʰɪənt]
  • (Southern US) IPA: [kʰnt]

Verb
  1. Cannot (negative auxiliary); is unable to; does not have the ability to.
    I can’t quite get it to work.
  2. Is forbidden to; is not permitted to.
    You can’t enter the hall without a ticket.
  3. Often with be: is logically impossible.
    The butler can’t be the murderer because he was in London that evening.
Antonyms


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