- The definition of cancelled means that you decided or decreed that something would not occur or would no longer continue.
When you were planning a party and then you changed your mind and told everyone not to come, this is an example of when you cancelled the party.
- simple past tense and past participle of cancel
- The game was cancelled because of snow on the field.
Variant of cancel
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 )