- to make void; revoke; annul: to cancel a reservation.
- to decide or announce that a planned event will not take place; call off: to cancel a meeting.
- to mark or perforate (a postage stamp, admission ticket, etc.) so as to render invalid for reuse.
- to neutralize; counterbalance; compensate for: His sincere apology canceled his sarcastic remark.
- 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.
- Mathematics. to eliminate by striking out a factor common to both the denominator and numerator of a fraction, equivalent terms on opposite sides of an equation, etc.
- to cross out (words, letters, etc.) by drawing a line over the item.
- Printing. to omit.
- 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.
- an act of canceling.
- Printing, Bookbinding.
- a replacement for an omitted part.
Origin of cancel
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Examples from the Web for canceled
The proceedings expected this week in Guantanamo Bay had been canceled.9/11 Mastermind Is Afraid of the Ladies
December 16, 2014
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
December 12, 2014
Though Mayor Bill de Blasio was originally scheduled to attend, he canceled after the grand jury announcement.‘They Let Him Off?’ Scenes from NYC in Disbelief
December 4, 2014
She canceled bridesmaid dress shopping and wedding cake tasting with her best friend.Jeopardy! Champion Julia Collins’s Brain Feels Like Mush
November 20, 2014
When we reunite with Valerie, both Room and Bored and her reality show have been canceled.How Lisa Kudrow Pulled Off TV’s Ultimate ‘Comeback’
November 6, 2014
Naturally I canceled my plans to go to Munich, and stayed, employing detectives.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
He must have seen me drive away and have judged that his sale was canceled.Kent Knowles: Quahaug
Joseph C. Lincoln
They were canceled and from that time on the market was uncontrolled.Herbert Hoover
Accordingly the license was canceled, and no new license was issued.Shakespearean Playhouses
Joseph Quincy Adams
Some big act is canceled owing to illness and they have to have a sketch.Jane Journeys On
Ruth Comfort Mitchell
- to order (something already arranged, such as a meeting or event) to be postponed indefinitely; call off
- to revoke or annulthe order for the new television set was cancelled
- to delete (writing, numbers, etc); cross outhe cancelled his name and substituted hers
- to mark (a cheque, postage stamp, ticket, etc) with an official stamp or by a perforation to prevent further use
- (also intr usually foll by out) to counterbalance; make up for (a deficiency, etc)his generosity cancelled out his past unkindness
- to close (an account) by discharging any outstanding debts
- (sometimes foll by out) accountingto 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
Word Origin and History for canceled
late 14c., "cross out with lines," from Anglo-French canceler, from Latin cancellare "to make resemble a lattice," which in Late Latin took on a sense "cross out something written" by marking it with crossed lines, from cancelli, plural of cancellus "lattice, grating," diminutive of cancer "crossed bars, lattice," a variant of carcer "prison" (see incarceration). Figurative use, "to nullify an obligation" is from mid-15c. Related: Canceled (also cancelled); cancelling.