to make void, as a contract or other obligation; annul: to cancel a hotel reservation;to cancel a magazine subscription.
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; compensate for; counterbalance: His sincere apology canceled his sarcastic remark.
to publicly reject, boycott, or no longer support (a person or group) because of socially or morally unacceptable views or actions: Fans have been quick to cancel their favorite rapper or other celebrity.
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.
an omitted passage, page, etc.
a replacement for an omitted part.
- can·cel·a·ble; especially British, can·cel·la·ble, adjective
- can·cel·er; especially British, can·cel·ler, noun
- re·can·cel, verb (used with object), re·can·celed, re·can·cel·ing or (especially British) re·can·celled, re·can·cel·ling.
- self-can·celed, adjective
- self-can·celled, adjective
- un·can·cel·a·ble, adjective
- un·can·celed, adjective
- un·can·cel·la·ble, adjective
- un·can·celled, adjective
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How to use cancel in a sentence
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 | THE 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 | THE 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 | THE 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 order (something already arranged, such as a meeting or event) to be postponed indefinitely; call off
to revoke or annul: the order for the new television set was cancelled
to delete (writing, numbers, etc); cross out: he 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) 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
- canceller or US canceler, noun
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