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cancel

[ kan-suhl ]
/ ˈkæn səl /
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verb (used with object), can·celed, can·cel·ing or (especially British) can·celled, can·cel·ling.

verb (used without object), can·celed, can·cel·ing or (especially British) can·celled, can·cel·ling.

to counterbalance or compensate for one another; become neutralized (often followed by out): The pros and cons cancel out.
Mathematics. (of factors common to both the denominator and numerator of a fraction, certain terms on opposite sides of an equation, etc.) to be equivalent; to allow cancellation.

noun

an act of canceling.
Printing, Bookbinding.
  1. an omitted passage, page, etc.
  2. a replacement for an omitted part.

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Origin of cancel

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English cancellen, cansellen “to annul, revoke,” from Anglo-French canceler, from Old French chanceler “to cross out with X's or parallel lines,” from Medieval Latin cancellāre “to cross out,” from Latin: “to make like a lattice,” derivative of cancellī “latticed barriers, gratings, grilles,” plural of cancellus; see cancellus
3, 8. Cancel, delete, erase, obliterate indicate that something is no longer to be considered usable or in force. To cancel is to cross something out by stamping a mark over it, drawing lines through it, or the like: to cancel a stamp, a word. To delete is to cross something out from written matter or from matter to be printed, often in accordance with a printer's or proofreader's symbol indicating the material is to be omitted: to delete part of a line. To erase is to remove by scraping or rubbing: to erase a capital letter. To obliterate is to blot out entirely, so as to remove all sign or trace of: to obliterate a record.
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British Dictionary definitions for cancel

cancel
/ (ˈkænsəl) /

verb -cels, -celling or -celled or US -cels, -celing or -celed (mainly tr)

noun

canceller or US canceler, noun
C14: from Old French canceller, from Medieval Latin cancellāre, from Late Latin: to strike out, make like a lattice, from Latin cancellī lattice, grating
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