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/

can't

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?

More examples

  • I can't remember his name.
  • It can't have been much later than three.
  • I can't bear the sight of blood.
  • Can't you work a bit quicker?
  • I'm sorry, I can't lift this case.
  • I can't concentrate when you keep chattering all the time.
  • "I can't find my keys." "Have you checked in your jacket pockets?"
  • If I drink too much coffee, I can't sleep.
  • I can't afford to buy a house.
  • The hole is so deep you can't see the bottom.
  • You can't have too many extra examples.

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