from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • auxiliary v. The negative form of can1.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Can not ( = am/is/are unable to).
  • v. Am/are/is forbidden or not permitted to

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Am, is, or are, not able; -- written either as one word or two.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A way of writing can not, due to the silencing in pronunciation of one of the n′ s.


can +‎ not (Wiktionary)



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  • I try to lift my arms. Cannot.

    - Peter Reading, C, 1984

    September 28, 2008