Meaning of “cant” in the English Dictionary

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"cant" in British English

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cantnoun [ U ]

uk /kænt/ us /kænt/

statements, especially on religious or moral subjects, that are not sincerely believed by the person making them:

Shelley's friendship with Byron was rooted in their shared contempt for cant and hypocrisy.

special words used by a particular group of people such as thieves, lawyers, or priests, often in order to keep things secret


uk /kɑːnt/ us /kænt/

short form of cannot:

Speak up! I can't hear you.

often used to suggest that someone should do a particular thing, especially when it seems the obvious thing to do:

Can't you just take the dress back to the shop if it doesn't fit?

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(Definition of “cant” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)