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 canceling
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
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
The city was often loath to change companies, in part because it feared the disruption that canceling their routes might cause.New York City Bus Strike: A Cosy Cartel, Running Out of Gas|Megan McArdle|January 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The canceling of the terms of indenture, he regarded as a secret act, intended merely to outwit his opponent.
Mr. Gordon then showed me the exact position of the body, the spot where the paper lay, the canceling hammer, and the blood-marks.The Somnambulist and the Detective|Allan Pinkerton
The marriage would be more than annoying; he himself was too prone to consider character as canceling worldly objections.Dominie Dean|Ellis Parker Butler
I'm canceling the flight that's leaving now and I'll keep the ship here, ready to go.Deathworld|Harry Harrison
In 1621, the protests made to committeemen about monopolies sold by James frightened him into canceling many of them.Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed.|S. A. Reilly
British Dictionary definitions for canceling
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 canceling
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.