Definition of couldn't in English:

couldn't

contraction

  • Could not.

    • ‘She got out of the car to swap details with the other driver but couldn't restrain her tears.’
    • ‘I was walking along a path and the hole is on the top of a hill so I couldn't see it.’
    • ‘It got worse and she couldn't breathe so the doctor was sent for and an ambulance was called.’
    • ‘In fairness to him, he had no other option and he couldn't have done it much better.’
    • ‘He was so certain of his charms that he couldn't begin to imagine what it might be like not to have them.’
    • ‘There were no signs in the street which told me that I couldn't park and unload my car.’
    • ‘They said they would be getting more supplies but they couldn't be sure when or how much.’
    • ‘She couldn't believe it when she was told how long she would have to wait, she says.’
    • ‘One resident who couldn't take it any longer has gone to stay with family in Scotland.’
    • ‘We couldn't have done it without the help of the local council and town centre manager.’
    • ‘During the summer we couldn't even open our windows because the smell was so strong.’
    • ‘Legend has it that the bosses couldn't decide which one of us should be given the show.’
    • ‘So if you couldn't get tickets to the paid events, you can still soak up the atmosphere.’
    • ‘My husband was impressed by the way that the viewer couldn't tell who was going to live and die.’
    • ‘The drummer of the band which had been hired couldn't make it and a substitute had to be found.’
    • ‘We couldn't hold on to the ball, and the number of basic errors we made was astonishing.’
    • ‘It happened because a driver couldn't see a signal because it was obscured by a bridge.’
    • ‘While we waited to go on the pitch, I tried to look them in the eye, but I couldn't do it.’
    • ‘The animals seemed to put up with this affection and the girls couldn't get enough of it.’
    • ‘It was baked so hard it couldn't absorb the huge quantities of water that fell so quickly.’

Pronunciation

couldn't

/ˈkʊd(ə)nt/