cancel

[ kan-suhl ]
/ ˈkæn səl /

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

synonym study for cancel

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

Derived forms of cancel

canceller or US canceler, noun

Word Origin for cancel

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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