- 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.
- an omitted passage, page, etc.
- a replacement for an omitted part.
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The proceedings expected this week in Guantanamo Bay had been canceled.
The CIA canceled the deal three years later, but by then the duo had received $81 million.The Luxury Homes That Torture and Your Tax Dollars Built|Michael Daly|December 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The second set was immediately canceled, and everyone was warned to take caution and head home.How Richard Pryor Beat Bill Cosby and Transformed America|David Yaffe, Scott Saul|December 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Though Mayor Bill de Blasio was originally scheduled to attend, he canceled after the grand jury announcement.
A Bangkok theater chain subsequently canceled its planned screenings of the new film.‘The Hunger Games’ Stars Silent on Thai Protesters|Asawin Suebsaeng|November 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Some big act is canceled owing to illness and they have to have a sketch.Jane Journeys On|Ruth Comfort Mitchell
Your lease is by the term—a term being three months—and can be canceled upon giving one term's notice.Paris Vistas|Helen Davenport Gibbons
In the end they canceled all London engagements and quietly set out for Scotland.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete|Albert Bigelow Paine
I canceled Ange's dinner at our place and started spending even more time there.Little Brother|Cory Doctorow
Exemptions from taxation extended to members of the Council were canceled for the duration of the war.Virginia Under Charles I And Cromwell, 1625-1660|Wilcomb E. Washburn
British Dictionary definitions for cancel
- 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