- 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.
transitive verbcanceled or cancelled, canceling or cancelling
- 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 of cancelMiddle 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
to offset or cancel each other: with out
- the deletion or omission of matter in type or in print
- the matter omitted or deleted
- the replacement for this
- Informal cancellation (sense )
verbcan·celed, can·cel·ing, can·cels also can·celled or can·cel·ling
- a. To annul or invalidate: cancel a credit card.b. To decide or announce that (a planned or scheduled event) will not take place, especially with no intention of holding it at a later time: cancel a picnic; cancel a soccer game.
- a. To cross out with lines or other markings. See Synonyms at erase.b. To mark or perforate (a postage stamp or check, for example) to indicate that it may not be used again.
- To neutralize or equalize; 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.
To neutralize one another; counterbalance: two opposing forces that canceled out.
The act or an instance of canceling; a cancellation.
Origin of cancelMiddle English cancellen, from Old French canceller, from Latin cancellāre, to cross out, from cancellus, lattice, diminutive of cancer, lattice.
- To cross out something with lines etc.
- To invalidate or annul something.
- He cancelled his order on their website.
- To mark something (such as a used postage stamp) so that it can't be reused.
- This machine cancels the letters that have a valid zip code.
- To offset or equalize something.
- The corrective feedback mechanism cancels out the noise.
- (mathematics) To remove a common factor from both the numerator and denominator of a fraction, or from both sides of an equation.
- (media) To stop production of a programme.
- (printing, dated) To suppress or omit; to strike out, as matter in type.
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.