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 cancelled
The series was cancelled after one season, but Leto had already proven his considerable talent.
The compassionate release was cancelled and he was sent back to his cell.
Cosby cancelled an appearance scheduled for the following week on Late Show with David Letterman.
TMZ reported that the five concert venues had cancelled Cosby performances for early 2015.
Cosby is still scheduling performances for early 2015, and not all of his December performances have been cancelled.
The legislature of Georgia repudiated these bonds in 1872, which would have been unnecessary if they had been cancelled.The Reconstruction of Georgia|Edwin C. Woolley
After line 205 stood the cancelled line Most like a rose-bud to a fairys lute.Keats|Sidney Colvin
The theory that all offences were cancelled by conversion was loyally observed.
He departed from Florence under a strong guard a few days later, and the Fourteen cancelled all his enactments.
He saw El-Soo often and explained to her at length, as he had explained to her father, the way the debt could be cancelled.Lost Face|Jack London
British Dictionary definitions for cancelled
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 cancelled
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.