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can't

 (kănt)
Contraction of cannot.

can't

(kɑːnt)
contraction of
cannot

cant1

(kænt)

n.
1. insincere or hypocritical statements, esp. pious platitudes.
2. the private language of the underworld.
3. the words and phrases peculiar to a particular class, profession, etc.
4. whining or singsong speech.
v.i.
5. to talk piously or hypocritically.
6. to beg in a whining or singsong tone.
[1495–1505; < Latin base cant- in cantus song, canticus singsong, etc.; see chant]

cant2

(kænt)

n.
1. a salient angle.
2. a sudden movement that tilts or overturns a thing.
3. a slanting or tilted position.
4. an oblique line or surface, as one formed by cutting off the corner of a square or cube.
6. a sudden pitch or toss.
7. Also called flitch. a partly trimmed log.
adj.
8. oblique or slanting.
v.t.
9. to bevel; form an oblique surface upon.
10. to put in an oblique position; tilt; tip.
11. to throw with a sudden jerk.
v.i.
12. to take or have an inclined position; tilt; turn.
[1325–75; Middle English: side, border < Anglo-French cant, Old French chant]
cant′ic, adj.

can't

(kænt, kɑnt)
contraction of cannot.
usage: See can1, cannot.
References in classic literature ?
We can't do much, but we can make our little sacrifices, and ought to do it gladly.
I suppose I can't make you understand, but oh, I wish I could," he said earnestly.
Yet I can't help being impressed by this," and, having found the article in the magazine to which he referred, he handed it to his chum.
Cut the trace here, somebody, if you can't unhitch it
Dey must, child; I can't live, no ways, if they don't" said the old creature, vehemently.
Well, we can't help it; we got to do the best we can with the materials we've got.
I wish to gee- miny she'd stick to one or t'other -- I can't keep the run of 'em.
We can't alter her bringing up and what's come of it.
I can't do that; they'd have the black spot on me by then.
I can't think what that strange person's come about," the butler added, from mere incontinence of remark, as he preceded Adam to the door, "he's gone i' the dining-room.
You know very well that she can't bear the sight of him.
You can't prevent me from going to Paris if I make up my mind to.

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