verb (used with object), can·celed, can·cel·ing or (especially British) can·celled, can·cel·ling.
- to close (an account) by crediting or paying all outstanding charges: He plans to cancel his account at the department store.
- to eliminate or offset (a debit, credit, etc.) with an entry for an equal amount on the opposite side of a ledger, as when a payment is received on a debt.
verb (used without object), can·celed, can·cel·ing or (especially British) can·celled, can·cel·ling.
- an omitted passage, page, etc.
- a replacement for an omitted part.
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Canceling, today, is used like an informal boycott, usually on social media, when someone or something in the public eye is offensive … or when we’re just over them.
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CANCELED VS. CANCELLED
What's the difference between canceled and cancelled?
Canceled and cancelled are alternate forms of the past tense of the verb cancel.
Canceled is the primary spelling used in American English, while cancelled is the spelling used in British English and preferred in many locations, including in the U.K., Ireland, Australia, and Canada. Perhaps for this reason, cancelled is also occasionally used in American English.
This is part of a general British English spelling pattern in which a single letter L at the end of a verb is doubled when the verb is changed to form a different tense, such as by adding –ed for past tense or -ing for continuous tense. So cancelling is used in British English, while canceling is primarily used in American English. This same pattern applies for many words, such as counsel, but not all. When the stress falls on the final syllable, the L is usually doubled (the past tense of propel is typically spelled propelled, for example).
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The spelling cancelled is never used in American English.
Example sentences from the Web for cancel
Polls suggest that a lot of voters currently don’t know what cancel culture is — and that’s true even among Republicans, despite the party’s elites talking about cancel culture nonstop.Why Attacking ‘Cancel Culture’ And ‘Woke’ People Is Becoming The GOP’s New Political Strategy|Perry Bacon Jr. (email@example.com)|March 17, 2021|FiveThirtyEight
What we now call cancel culture is the contentious nature of a free society wrestling with the respectable parameters of public speech.
Did he participate in his own extortion and cancel his plans for a big Christmas premiere?
My family is ready to mount an intervention, and cancel my streaming accounts.
Should we cancel gatherings, reunions, excursions, or throw ourselves into them with even more gratitude for one another?
Presumably, without those subsidies, most will just cancel their policies.
In a statement, the MoD admitted that it had been forced to cancel the rest of the training program.
A lease made by a minor is not void, but he may avoid or cancel it by some positive act.
Does a debtor who turns over a note to his creditor in payment, thereby cancel the debt?
Either of the parties might cancel the bond, but only after a formal and public notice of his intentions.The Private Life of the Romans|Harold Whetstone Johnston
Mendelssohn wanted to cancel the excommunication on the ground that the church has no rights in civil matters.Solomon Maimon: An Autobiography.|Solomon Maimon
The Law does not cancel the promise, but faith in the promised Christ cancels the Law.Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians|Martin Luther
British Dictionary definitions for cancel
verb -cels, -celling or -celled or US -cels, -celing or -celed (mainly tr)
- to close (an account) by discharging any outstanding debts
- (sometimes foll by out) accounting to eliminate (a debit or credit) by making an offsetting entry on the opposite side of the account
- to eliminate (numbers, quantities, or terms) as common factors from both the numerator and denominator of a fraction or as equal terms from opposite sides of an equation
- (intr) to be able to be eliminated in this way