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Definition of cant verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

cant

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//kænt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kænt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they cant
BrE BrE//kænt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kænt//
 
he / she / it cants
BrE BrE//kænts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kænts//
 
past simple canted
BrE BrE//ˈkæntɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæntɪd//
 
past participle canted
BrE BrE//ˈkæntɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæntɪd//
 
-ing form canting
BrE BrE//ˈkæntɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæntɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive, transitive] cant (something) (formal) to be or put something in a sloping position Word Originverb Middle English (denoting an edge or brink): from Middle Low German kant, kante, Middle Dutch cant ‘point, side, edge’, based on a Romance word related to medieval Latin cantus ‘corner, side’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cant

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