transitive verbcancels, canceling, canceled, cancelling, cancelled[with object]
1Decide or announce that (a planned event) will not take place.
call off, abandon, scrap, dropView synonyms
- ‘he was forced to cancel his visit’
- 1.1Annul or revoke (a formal arrangement which is in effect)
annul, invalidate, nullify, declare null and void, render null and void, voidView synonyms
- ‘his visa had been canceled’
- 1.2Abolish or make void (a financial obligation)
- ‘I intend to cancel your debt to me’
- 1.3Mark, pierce, or tear (a ticket, check, or postage stamp) to show that it has been used or invalidated.
- ‘canceled checks’
2(of a factor or circumstance) neutralize or negate the force or effect of (another)
neutralize, counterbalance, counteract, balance, balance out, countervailView synonyms
- ‘the electric fields may cancel each other out’
- 2.1Mathematics Delete (an equal factor) from both sides of an equation or from the numerator and denominator of a fraction.
- ‘“‘Divide by 9” cancels out “multiply by 9”’
1A mark made on a postage stamp to show that it has been used.
- ‘a stamp franked and with an adhesive cancel’
A new page or section inserted in a book to replace the original text, typically to correct an error.
- ‘a cancel title page’
Late Middle English (in the sense ‘obliterate or delete writing by drawing or stamping lines across it’): from Old French canceller, from Latin cancellare, from cancelli ‘crossbars’.