- 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.
- an omitted passage, page, etc.
- a replacement for an omitted part.
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How to use cancel in a sentence
Canceling on a commitment with short notice is not Iowa nice, particularly in a state that values its political traditions.Did Joni Ernst’s Des Moines Register Diss Just Destroy Her ‘Iowa-Nice’?|Ben Jacobs|October 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I do realize the difficulty in totally canceling productions of this opera.Rudy Giuliani: Why I Protested ‘The Death of Klinghoffer’|Rudy Giuliani|October 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He responded to the revelations by canceling a public appearance involving relief for Hurricane Sandy victims.In New Jersey, There’s No Exit for Chris Christie’s Bridge Trolls|Michael Daly|January 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In this age of austerity, the Navy has decided to save some money by canceling Fleet Week.Sequester Cancels Much-Anticipated Fleet Week in New York|Miranda Green|April 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
On the face of it, the politics of canceling the tours seems pretty shrewd.Why Canceled White House Tours Are Sinking Obama on the Sequester|David Freedlander|March 15, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Nor can the insured protect himself by canceling the prior policy if he breaks the condition.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman|Albert Sidney Bolles
The marriage would be more than annoying; he himself was too prone to consider character as canceling worldly objections.Dominie Dean|Ellis Parker Butler
For the next few days she stayed quietly indoors, refusing and canceling engagements.The Squirrel-Cage|Dorothy Canfield
I congratulate L—— on her father's relenting and canceling his edict against waltzing and galloping.Records of a Girlhood|Frances Ann Kemble
Rick made a mental note to ask for elaboration of Barby's statement about canceling the event or holding it somewhere else.The Blue Ghost Mystery|Harold Leland Goodwin
British Dictionary definitions for cancel
- 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