transitive verbtransitive verb cancels, transitive verb canceling, transitive verb canceled, transitive verb cancelling, transitive verb 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’
2(of a factor or circumstance) neutralize or negate the force or effect of (another)‘the shipping costs canceled out any savings’
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”’
3Publicly boycott or withdraw support from (a person, organization, etc.) for promoting beliefs that are regarded as socially unacceptable.
- ‘fans on social media are torn over whether to support or cancel him’
4Mark, pierce, or tear (a ticket, check, or postage stamp) to show that it has been used or invalidated.
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’.