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When I write a song, it comes from the heart and is based on a specific experience. You can't really say that one experience is greater than another, because all of your experiences take you through life on this journey.
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Meaning of "can't" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF CAN'T

can't  [kɑːnt] play
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WHAT DOES CAN'T MEAN IN ENGLISH?

English modal verbs

The modal verbs of English are a small class of auxiliary verbs used mostly to express modality. They can be distinguished from other verbs by their defectiveness and by the fact that they do not take the ending -s in the third-person singular. The principal English modal verbs are can, could, may, might, must, shall, should, will and would. Certain other verbs are sometimes, but not always, classed as modals; these include ought, had better, and dare and need. Verbs which share some but not all of the characteristics of the principal modals are sometimes called "semimodals".

Definition of can't in the English dictionary

The definition of can't in the dictionary is cannot.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH CAN'T


an´t
ɑːnt
aren´t
ɑːnt
aunt
ɑːnt
chant
tʃɑːnt
courant
kʊˈrɑːnt
courante
kʊˈrɑːnt
debutant
ˈdɛbjʊˌtɑːnt
debutante
ˈdɛbjʊˌtɑːnt
eggplant
ˈɛɡˌplɑːnt
enchant
ɪnˈtʃɑːnt
galant
ɡəˈlɑːnt
gant
ɡɑːnt
grant
ɡrɑːnt
implant
ɪmˈplɑːnt
intrigante
ˈɪntrɪˌɡɑːnt
plant
plɑːnt
slant
slɑːnt
transplant
trænsˈplɑːnt

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE CAN'T

camshaft
camsho
camstairy
camstone
Camulodunum
Camus
camwhore
camwood
can
can buoy
can crusher
can of worms
Can Tho
can you beat it?
can-do
can-opener
Can.
can´t get arrested
can´t take a trick
can´t tell chalk from cheese

WORDS THAT END LIKE CAN'T

ain´t
couldn´t
daren´t
didn´t
doesn´t
don´t
hadn´t
hain´t
hasn´t
haven´t
isn´t
mightn´t
mustn´t
needn´t
oughtn´t
shan´t
shouldn´t
wasn´t
won´t
wouldn´t

Synonyms and antonyms of can't in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «can't» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF CAN'T

Find out the translation of can't to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of can't from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «can't» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

不能
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

no puede
570 millions of speakers

English

can´t
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

नहीं कर सकते
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

لا يمكن
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

не могу
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

não pode
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

নারা
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

ne peut pas
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Tidak boleh
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

kann nicht
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

できない
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

할 수 없습니다
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Ora bisa
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

không thể
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

முடியாது
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

करू शकत नाही
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

olamaz
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

non può
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

nie może
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

не можу
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

nu se poate
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

δεν μπορεί να
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

kan nie
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

kan inte
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

kan ikke
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of can't

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «CAN'T»

The term «can't» is very widely used and occupies the 981 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «CAN'T» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «can't» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «can't» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about can't

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10 QUOTES WITH «CAN'T»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word can't.
1
Yolanda Adams
When I write a song, it comes from the heart and is based on a specific experience. You can't really say that one experience is greater than another, because all of your experiences take you through life on this journey.
2
Namie Amuro
Now, on nights that I can't sleep, I play video games alone until the morning.
3
Criss Angel
I'm actually tougher on myself as I get older. It's a vicious cycle. The things that are important in life are the things that you can't buy in life: love, health and happiness. I say that, and I believe that, and I try to live that.
4
Alan Arkin
I don't believe there's anything in life you can't go back and fix. The ancient Vedas - the oldest Hindu philosophy - and modern science agree that time is an illusion. If that's true, there's no such thing as a past or a future - it's all one huge now. So what you fix now affects the past and the future.
5
Kevyn Aucoin
I'm going to insult a whole industry here, but it seems like TV is for people who can't do film. I'm not talking about actresses; I'm talking about lighting people. Lighting on TV is just so... it's sinful, it really is.
6
Mathew Baynton
I've seen a lot of shows, but I can't possibly cram in everything that I'd like to, and it's exhausting trying to.
7
John Blair
We can't afford to go down the dead end roads of Parliamentary Socialism or Fascistic Bolshevism.
8
Jonathan Brown
I can't see myself leaving the club I grew up supporting... it's one of those things, the money's great but I still get paid reasonably well from the Lions and at the end of the day I think job satisfaction is the No.1 priority and I just love it up here.
9
Jenson Button
I don't purposely speed, but I might go over by five or six miles an hour from time to time. It doesn't give me a buzz driving on normal roads, because I can't go fast enough. It's never going to be anything like an F1 car.
10
Lewis Carroll
'But I don't want to go among mad people,' said Alice. 'Oh, you can't help that,' said the cat. 'We're all mad here.'

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «CAN'T»

Discover the use of can't in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to can't and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
The Can't Cook Book: Recipes for the Absolutely Terrified!
Filled with easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions, along with amusing anecdotes, this must-have collection of more than 100 simple recipes, including Caesar salad, rice pilaf, lemon salmon and roast chicken, helps those who cannot cook ...
Jessica Seinfeld, 2013
2
No, They Can't: Why Government Fails-But Individuals Succeed
The government is not a neutral arbiter of truth. It never has been. It never will be. Doubt everything. John Stossel does. A self-described skeptic, he has dismantled society’s sacred cows with unerring common sense.
John Stossel, 2012
3
You Can't Say You Can't Play
Can children be freed from the habit of rejection? These are some of the questions. The answers are to be found in the words of Paley's schoolchildren and in the wisdom of their teacher who respectfully listens to them.
Vivian Gussin Paley, 2009
4
Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation
Stretching from the early 70s through to the present day, this is the definitive history of hip-hop. It will be essential reading for all DJs, B-Boys, MCs and anyone with an interest in American history.
Jeff Chang, 2011
5
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop ...
The book that started the Quiet Revolution At least one-third of the people we know are introverts.
Susan Cain, 2012
6
You Can't Win
This new edition also includes an Afterword that tells some of what became of Black after he wore out the outlaw life and washed up in San Francisco, wrote this book and reinvented himself.
Jack Black, 2000
7
This Can't be Happening at Macdonald Hall!
As they seem to be at the bottom of every prank at Macdonald Hall, the headmaster decides to separate roommates Bruno and Boots, but to little avail.
Gordon Korman, 1978
8
What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets
Selling citizenship to immigrants willing to pay? In What Money Can’t Buy, Michael J. Sandel takes on one of the biggest ethical questions of our time: Is there something wrong with a world in which everything is for sale?
Michael J. Sandel, 2012
9
People Can't Drive You Crazy If You Don't Give Them the Keys
But we can't fix other people--we can only make choices about ourselves. In this cut-to-the-chase book, communication expert Mike Bechtle shows readers that they don't have to be victims of other people's craziness.
Mike Bechtle, 2012
10
When Bright Kids Can't Learn: How New Brain Research Can ...
However one in five people fit the profile. For every such struggling student there are three advocated who are aggressively trying to find a solution. This book is written for those who are searching for the key that will set mind free.
John F. Heath, 2007

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «CAN'T»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term can't is used in the context of the following news items.
1
Amanda Peterson, star of Can't Buy Me Love, dies aged 43
Actor Amanda Peterson, briefly a star name in Hollywood following her turn as an Arizona cheerleader in the 1980s romantic comedy Can't Buy ... «The Guardian, Jul 15»
2
'Can't Buy Me Love' Star Dies At 43
The star of the 1987 film “Can't Buy Me Love” was discovered dead at her Colorado home Monday after her father hadn't heard from her for a ... «Daily Caller, Jul 15»
3
Toddler Can't Distract Dog From Women's World Cup
"Go away, kid, you bother me," this dog would probably say if he could speak. Deuce, a 1 1/2-year-old dog from western Michigan, was ... «Huffington Post, Jul 15»
4
Morgan Stanley analyst: Apple can't ignore the auto market
"Our opinion is that it's too big of an addressable market — they can't ignore it," Jonas said, discussing Apple's potential to disrupt the ... «Business Insider, Jul 15»
5
Worker injured during rescue bid can't be denied workers comp, Pa …
A construction worker who was severely injured during an ill-fated rescue attempt at a job site can't be denied workers compensation, ... «PennLive.com, Jul 15»
6
Milos Raonic can't play for Canada in Davis Cup tie against Belgium
Milos Raonic, the country's top tennis player, will be not available to play in the upcoming Davis Cup tie against Belgium, Tennis Canada ... «Toronto Star, Jul 15»
7
Rust-belt revivalists can't save the GOP
Attempting to analyze political statements by Donald Trump is often a high dive into a shallow pool. But a number of conservative commentators ... «Washington Post, Jul 15»
8
'Seriously?' Michigan Woman Can't Believe What the Law Forced …
'Seriously?' Michigan Woman Can't Believe What the Law Forced Cops to Do to Her Over a $10 Dog License. Jul. 7, 2015 11:44am Liz Klimas ... «TheBlaze.com, Jul 15»
9
Michael Eisner Apparently Can't Find Any Beautiful, Funny Women …
We can't wait for Paul Feig's lady-centric "Ghostbusters" to hit theaters on July 22, but you can also catch Wiig on Netflix's "Wet Hot American ... «Huffington Post, Jul 15»
10
It's Time To Dispel The Myth That Founders Can't Scale
It's often been said that “founders can't scale,” and more often than not it proves to be true. It's a familiar story: as a company grows the founder ... «Forbes, Jul 15»

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