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cantnoun [U]

uk   us   /kænt/
statements, ​especially on ​religious or ​moralsubjects, that are not ​sincerelybelieved by the ​person making them: Shelley's ​friendship with Byron was ​rooted in ​theirsharedcontempt for cant and ​hypocrisy. special words used by a ​particulargroup of ​people such as ​thieves, ​lawyers, or ​priests, often in ​order to ​keep things ​secret

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?

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