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cannotmodal verb

 us   /kəˈnɑt, ˈkæn·ɑt/ (contraction can’t,  /kænt, kɑnt/ )
can not; to be ​unable or not ​allowed to: I cannot ​imagine what will ​happen next.
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cannotmodal verb

uk   /ˈkæn.ɒt/  us   /ˈkæn.ɑːt/
A1 the ​negativeform of the ​verb "can": I cannot ​predict what will ​happen next ​year.
cannot but formal
used to say that something will ​certainlyhappen: If we ​persevere, we cannot but ​succeed.

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