- To cancel is defined as to delete or make invalid.
An example of to cancel is someone telling their grocery delivery they no longer want their services.
cancel definition by Webster's New World
- to cross out with lines or other marks, as in deleting written matter or marking a check as used and cleared
- to print or stamp marks on (a postage stamp) as by machine or handstamp, to prevent reuse
- to make invalid; annul
- to do away with; wipe out; abolish, withdraw, etc.: to cancel an order or a ticket reservation
- to neutralize or balance in force or influence; offset: often with out
- Math. to remove (a common factor from both terms of a fraction, equivalents of opposite sign or on opposite sides of an equation, etc.)
- Printing to delete or omit
Origin: Middle English cancellen ; from Anglo-French canceler ; from Late Latin cancellare, to strike out, cancel ; from Classical Latin to make resemble a lattice ; from cancelli, plural of cancellus, lattice, grating, diminutive of cancer, crossed bars, lattice, dissimilated ; from carcer, prison
- the deletion or omission of matter in type or in print
- the matter omitted or deleted
- the replacement for this
- Informal cancellation (sense )
cancel definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb can·celed also can·celled, can·cel·ing also can·cel·ling, can·cels also can·cels verb, transitive
- To cross out with lines or other markings. See Synonyms at erase.
- To annul or invalidate.
- To mark or perforate (a postage stamp or check, for example) to indicate that it may not be used again.
- To equalize or make up for; offset: Today's decline in stock price canceled out yesterday's gain.
- Mathematics a. To remove (a common factor) from the numerator and denominator of a fractional expression.b. To remove (a common factor or term) from both sides of an equation or inequality.
- Printing To omit or delete.
- The act or an instance of canceling; a cancellation.
- Printing a. Deletion of typed or printed matter.b. The matter deleted.c. A replacement for deleted matter.
Origin: Middle English cancellen, from Old French canceller, from Latin cancellāre, to cross out, from cancellus, lattice, diminutive of cancer, lattice.
- canˈcel·a·ble adjective
- canˈcel·er noun
cancel - Business Definition
- To mark a check so that it cannot be used again.
- To offset something. For example, a decrease in an asset's value may offset, or cancel, an earlier gain.
cancel - Legal Definition
- To blot out, deface, mark off, perforate, destroy, or otherwise physically alter a writing to render it void.
- To annul, terminate, or revoke a promise or obligation.