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The Definition of - cancel (noun)

    verb (used with object), canceled, canceling or (especially British) cancelled, cancelling.
    to make void; revoke; annul:
    to cancel a reservation.
    to decide or announce that a planned event will not take place; call off:
    to cancel a meeting.
    to mark or perforate (a postage stamp, admission ticket, etc.) so as to render invalid for reuse.
    to neutralize; counterbalance; compensate for:
    His sincere apology canceled his sarcastic remark.
    1. to close (an account) by crediting or paying all outstanding charges:
      He plans to cancel his account at the department store.
    2. 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.
    Mathematics. to eliminate by striking out a factor common to both the denominator and numerator of a fraction, equivalent terms on opposite sides of an equation, etc.
    to cross out (words, letters, etc.) by drawing a line over the item.
    Printing. to omit.
    verb (used without object), canceled, canceling or (especially British) cancelled, cancelling.
    to counterbalance or compensate for one another; become neutralized (often followed by out):
    The pros and cons cancel out.
    Mathematics. (of factors common to both the denominator and numerator of a fraction, certain terms on opposite sides of an equation, etc.) to be equivalent; to allow cancellation.
    an act of canceling.
    Printing, Bookbinding.
    1. omission.
    2. a replacement for an omitted part.

Word Example of - cancel

    Example Sentences for cancel

    One paper asked what I would give to "cancel that fatal admission."

    If civil words can cancel aught of our indebtedness I shall not be sparing of them.

    She must, therefore, he thought, cancel her debt by her hand.

    Undignified to cancel ultimatum, so declare war on said ally.

    And I must school myself to cancel all plans beginning “If she will—if only.”

    Would you not pay a pretty fine to be able to cancel some of them?

    Promise me you will insert it, though I myself should ask you to cancel it.'

    It is, therefore, difficult for Germany to cancel her blockade policy.

    After breakfast I broached the subject to Denis; I begged him to allow me to cancel our play by tearing up the cheque.

    As I have said, it will be quite impossible for me ever to cancel so heavy a debt; but what I can do I will.

Word Origin & History of - cancel

    Word Origin & History

    cancel late 14c., "cross out with lines," from Anglo-Fr. canceler, from L. cancellare "to make resemble a lattice," which in L.L. took on a sense "cross out something written" by marking it with crossed lines, from cancelli, pl. of cancellus "lattice, grating," dim. of cancer "crossed bars, lattice," a var. of carcer "prison." Figurative use, "to nullify an obligation" is from mid-15c. Related: Canceled (also cancelled); cancelling.

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