[ kan-ot, ka-not, kuh- ]
/ ˈkæn ɒt, kæˈnɒt, kə- /
a form of can not.
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Idioms for cannot
cannot but, have no alternative but to: We cannot but choose otherwise.
Origin of cannot
A Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400
usage note for cannot
Cannot is sometimes also spelled can not. The one-word spelling is by far the more common: Interest rates simply cannot continue at their present level. The contraction can't is most common in speech and informal writing.
Words nearby cannot
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British Dictionary definitions for cannot
/ (ˈkænɒt, kæˈnɒt) /
an auxiliary verb expressing incapacity, inability, withholding permission, etc; can not
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Idioms and Phrases with cannot
see under can't.
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