Meaning of “cant” in the English Dictionary

"cant" in English

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cantnoun [ U ]

uk /kænt/ us /kænt/


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)