Cancel meaning

kăn'səl
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.

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To neutralize or equalize; offset.

Today's decline in stock price canceled out yesterday's gain.

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To neutralize one another; counterbalance.

Two opposing forces that canceled out.

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The act or an instance of canceling; a cancellation.
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To make invalid; annul.
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To do away with; wipe out; abolish, withdraw, etc.

To cancel an order or a ticket reservation.

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To neutralize or balance in force or influence; offset.
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To remove (a common factor from both terms of a fraction, equivalents of opposite sign or on opposite sides of an equation, etc.)
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To delete or omit.
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To offset or cancel each other.
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The deletion or omission of matter in type or in print.
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To blot out, deface, mark off, perforate, destroy, or otherwise physically alter a writing to render it void.
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To annul, terminate, or revoke a promise or obligation.
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To cross out something with lines etc.
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To invalidate or annul something.

He cancelled his order on their website.

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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.

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To offset or equalize something.

The corrective feedback mechanism cancels out the noise.

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(mathematics) To remove a common factor from both the numerator and denominator of a fraction, or from both sides of an equation.
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(media) To stop production of a programme.
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(printing, dated) To suppress or omit; to strike out, as matter in type.
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A cancellation (US); (nonstandard in some kinds of English).
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(printing) The suppression on striking out of matter in type, or of a printed page or pages.
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Origin of cancel

  • Middle English cancellen from Old French canceller from Latin cancellāre to cross out from cancellus lattice diminutive of cancer lattice
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Anglo-Norman canceler (“to cross out with lines”), from Latin cancellare (“to make resemble a lattice”), from cancelli (“a railing or lattice”), diminutive of cancer (“a lattice”).
    From Wiktionary