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.
- a replacement for an omitted part.
Origin of cancel
Examples from the Web for canceled
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
Though Mayor Bill de Blasio was originally scheduled to attend, he canceled after the grand jury announcement.
She canceled bridesmaid dress shopping and wedding cake tasting with her best friend.Jeopardy! Champion Julia Collins’s Brain Feels Like Mush|Sujay Kumar|November 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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’|Kevin Fallon|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Sin is not canceled by lawful living, for no person is able to live up to the Law.Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians|Martin Luther
My lips felt tight as I canceled the frontal pass card, punched up two more to take its place.Dogfight--1973|Dallas McCord Reynolds
She banished the nobles who had interfered with the royal prerogatives, and canceled all the limitations they had made.The Empire of Russia|John S. C. Abbott
The gain of the invasion of Belgium was canceled by England coming into the war.
His reservation hadn't been canceled, but I had little hope of his appearance.The Fifth Wheel|Olive Higgins Prouty
British Dictionary definitions for canceled
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
Word Origin for cancel
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.