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 cancelling
Eating out less, cancelling cable, running the old car a while longer.
Friends of mine this week were cancelling trips to the U.S. from Beijing, worried about “unsafe” American airports.
So, although we will be cancelling the party on December 1st at Nobu 57, you are very much in our hearts….Google, Marc Jacobs, and Other Casualties of the Christmas Party Recession|Deborah Schoeneman|November 19, 2008|DAILY BEAST
If she does not go readily, you can make it clearer to her mind by throwing the cancelling stamp at her.Remarks|Bill Nye
At length, some disagreement arising, Benjamin took advantage of the cancelling of his indentures to quit his brother's service.Heroes of Science: Physicists|William Garnett
Archie considered a moment, and she knew that when he answered he was cancelling other engagements.Rosa Mundi and Other Stories|Ethel M. Dell
I would not tell you in health what I tell you in convalescence, nor urge you to compose what I dissuade you from cancelling.Imaginary Conversations and Poems|Walter Savage Landor
It became pregnant with new meaning,––levelling walls, obliterating beaten man paths, cancelling rusty duties.The Web of the Golden Spider|Frederick Orin Bartlett
British Dictionary definitions for cancelling
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 cancelling
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.