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cancel Explained

cancel at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


cancel at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

1399, from Anglo-Fr. canceler, from L. cancellare "to make resemble a lattice," which in L.L. took on a sense "cross out something written," from cancelli pl. of cancellus "lattice, grating," dim. of cancer "crossed bars, lattice," a var. of carcer "prison." ///

cancel at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

S2 v past tense and past participle cancelled present participle cancelling BrE // past tense and past participle canceled present participle canceling AmE // [Date: 1300-1400; Language: French; Origin: canceller 'to cross out', from Latin cancellare 'to make like a frame of crossed bars', from cancer 'frame of crossed bars', from carcer 'prison']//
1 [I and T] to say that an event that was planned will not happen: --Our flight was cancelled.// --I'm afraid I'll have to cancel our meeting tomorrow.// --You'll just have to ring John and cancel.//
2 [I and T] to end an agreement or arrangement that you have with someone: --I phoned the hotel to cancel my reservation.// --The bank agreed to cancel all the company's debts.//
3 [T] to say officially that a document can no longer be used or no longer has any legal effect: --I phoned the bank to cancel the cheque.// cancel out [cancel sth → out] phr v// if two things cancel each other out, they are equally important and have an opposite effect to each other, so that neither one has any effect// --The losses in our overseas division have cancelled out the profits made in the home market.//

cancel at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

222 Moby Thesaurus words for "cancel":
KO, abandon, abbreviate, abolish, abolishment, abolition, abort,
abridge, abrogate, abrogation, absolve, accent, accent mark,
accommodate, adjust, annihilate, annul, annulment, balance, bar,
belay, black out, blot, blot out, blotting, blotting out,
blue-pencil, bowdlerize, bring to naught, bring to nothing, buffer,
call off, cancel out, canceling, cancellation, cassation, cease,
censor, character, come to nothing, compensate, compensate for,
complete, coordinate, counteract, counterbalance, countermand,
counterorder, counterpoise, countervail, cross out, custos, cut,
cut it out, declare a moratorium, defeasance, dele, delete,
deletion, deny, deracinate, desist, direct, disannul, discontinue,
dispose of, do away with, dot, drop, drop it, drop the curtain,
edit, edit out, efface, effacement, eliminate, end, end off,
equalize, equate, eradicate, erase, erasure, even, even up,
expression mark, expunction, expunge, expurgate, extinguish,
fermata, finalize, finish, fit, fold up, frustrate, get it over,
get over with, get through with, give over, give the quietus,
give up, halt, have done with, hold, integrate, invalidate,
invalidation, kayo, key signature, kibosh, kill, knock it off,
knock out, lay off, lead, leave off, level, ligature, make up for,
make void, mark, measure, metronomic mark, negate, negativate,
negative, neutralize, notation, nullification, nullify, obliterate,
obliteration, offset, omit, override, overrule, pause, perfect,
poise, polish off, presa, proportion, put paid to, quash, quit,
raze, recall, recant, recantation, redeem, refrain, relinquish,
renege, renounce, repeal, repudiate, rescind, rescinding,
rescindment, rescission, retract, retraction, reversal, reverse,
revocation, revoke, revokement, rub out, rule out, scrag, scratch,
scratch out, scrub, scrubbing, segno, set aside, setting aside,
shoot down, sign, signature, slur, sponge, sponge out, square,
stay, stop, strike, strike a balance, strike off, strike out,
stultify, surrender, suspend, suspension, swell, symbol,
tempo mark, terminate, thwart, tie, time signature, undo, vacate,
vacation, vacatur, vinculum, vitiate, void, voidance, voiding,
waive, waiver, waiving, washing out, wipe out, wiping out,
withdraw, withdrawal, write off, write-off, zap

cancel at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

verb (-ll-, AmE -l-)
1 [VN] to decide that sth that has been arranged will not now take place:
All flights have been cancelled because of bad weather. * The wedding was cancelled at the last minute. * Don't forget to cancel the newspaper (= arrange for it not to be delivered) before going away.
compare POSTPONE
2 to say that you no longer want to continue with an agreement, especially one that has been legally arranged:
[VN] to cancel a policy / subscription * Is it too late to cancel my order? * The US has agreed to cancel debts (= say that they no longer need to be paid) totalling $10 million. * [V] No charge will be made if you cancel within 10 days.
3 [VN] to mark a ticket or stamp so that it cannot be used again
cancel out | cancel sth<->out if two or more things cancel out or one cancels out the other, they are equally important but have an opposite effect on a situation so that the situation does not change:
Recent losses have cancelled out any profits made at the start of the year. * The advantages and disadvantages would appear to cancel each other out.

Cancel at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Cancel \Can"cel\, n. [See {Cancel}, v. i., and cf. {Chancel}.]
1. An inclosure; a boundary; a limit. [Obs.]

A prison is but a retirement, and opportunity of
serious thoughts, to a person whose spirit . . .
desires no enlargement beyond the cancels of the
body. --Jer. Taylor.

2. (Print)
(a) The suppression or striking out of matter in type, or
of a printed page or pages.
(b) The part thus suppressed.

Cancel \Can"cel\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Canceled} or {Cancelled};
p. pr. & vb. n. {Canceling} or {Cancelling}.] [L. cancellare
to make like a lattice, to strike or cross out (cf. Fr.
canceller, OF. canceler) fr. cancelli lattice, crossbars,
dim. of cancer lattice; cf. Gr. ? latticed gate. Cf.
1. To inclose or surround, as with a railing, or with
latticework. [Obs.]

A little obscure place canceled in with iron work is
the pillar or stump at which . . . our Savior was
scourged. --Evelyn.

2. To shut out, as with a railing or with latticework; to
exclude. [Obs.] ``Canceled from heaven.'' --Milton.

3. To cross and deface, as the lines of a writing, or as a
word or figure; to mark out by a cross line; to blot out
or obliterate.

A deed may be avoided by delivering it up to be
cancelled; that is, to have lines drawn over it in
the form of latticework or cancelli; though the
phrase is now used figuratively for any manner of
obliterating or defacing it. --Blackstone.

4. To annul or destroy; to revoke or recall.

The indentures were canceled. --Thackeray.

He was unwilling to cancel the interest created
through former secret services, by being refractory
on this occasion. --Sir W.

5. (Print.) To suppress or omit; to strike out, as matter in

{Canceled figures} (Print), figures cast with a line across
the face., as for use in arithmetics.

Syn: To blot out; obliterate; deface; erase; efface; expunge;
annul; abolish; revoke; abrogate; repeal; destroy; do
away; set aside. See {Abolish}.

cancel at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

n : a notation cancelling a previous sharp or flat [syn: {natural}]
[also: {cancelling}, {cancelled}]

v 1: postpone indefinitely or annul something that was scheduled;
"Call off the engagement"; "cancel the dinner party"
[syn: {call off}]
2: make up for; "His skills offset his opponent's superior
strength" [syn: {offset}, {set off}]
3: declare null and void; make ineffective; "Cancel the
election results"; "strike down a law" [syn: {strike down}]
4: remove or make invisible; "Please delete my name from your
list" [syn: {delete}]
5: of cheques or tickets [syn: {invalidate}]
[also: {cancelling}, {cancelled}]

cancel at English (WD) Of Explained:


Alternative forms

* cancell


From Latin Inter: term » lang=la|cancelli||a railing or lattice, diminutive of Inter: term » lang=la|cancer||a lattice.


* Inter: IPA » /kænsəl̩/


Inter: en-verb » cancels|cancelling (Commonwealth), canceling (American)|cancelled (Commonwealth), canceled (American)
  • Inter: transitiv » e To cross out something with lines etc.
    1. Inter: transitiv » e To invalidate or annul something.
    2. : He cancelled his order on their website.
    3. Inter: transitiv » e To mark something (such as a used postage stamp) so that it can't be reused.
    4. : This machine cancels the letters that have a valid zip code.
    5. Inter: transitiv » e To offset or equalize something.
    6. : The corrective feedback mechanism cancels out the noise.
    7. Inter: transitiv » e Inter: mathematic » s To remove a common factor from both the numerator and denominator of a fraction, or from both sides of an equation.
    8. Inter: transitiv » e Inter: medi » a To stop production of a programme.


      Inter: trans-top » cross out

  • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|задрасквам, Inter: t+ » bg|зачерквам
  • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|škrtnout, Inter: t- » cs|škrtat
  • Danish: Inter: t- » da|strege ud, Inter: t- » da|stryge
  • Dutch: Inter: t » nl|doorhalen
  • Estonian: Inter: t- » et|kustutama
  • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|yliviivata
  • Georgian: Inter: t- » ka|გადახაზვა|sc=Geor|tr=gadaxazva, Inter: t- » ka|წაშლა|sc=Geor|tr=cašla
  • German: Inter: t- » de|ausstreichen
  • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|διαγράφω|tr=diagráfo|sc=Grek

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Hungarian: Inter: t+ » hu|kihúz
    • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|depennare, Inter: t+ » it|cancellare, Inter: t+ » it|eliminare
    • Norwegian Bokmål: Inter: t- » nb|stryke
    • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|skreślić
    • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|зачёркивать|tr=začórkivatʹ Inter: imp » f, Inter: t+ » ru|зачеркнуть|tr=začerknútʹ Inter: pf » .
    • Swahili: Inter: t+ » sw|ghairi
    • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|stryka (över)

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » invalidate, annul
    • Arabic: Inter: t- » ar|ألغى|tr=ʾálġā|sc=Arab
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|отменям, Inter: t+ » bg|анулирам
    • Chinese:
    • : Mandarin: Inter: t » cmn|取消|tr=qǔxiāo|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|廢除|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|废除|tr=fèichú|sc=Hani
    • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|zrušit, Inter: t- » cs|stornovat
    • Danish: Inter: t+ » da|annullere, Inter: t- » da|afbestille, Inter: t- » da|aflyse
    • Dutch: Inter: t » nl|annuleren
    • Estonian: Inter: t- » et|tühistama
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|mitätöidä, Inter: t+ » fi|kumota, Inter: t+ » fi|peruuttaa
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|annuler, Inter: t+ » fr|résilier (a telephone contract, a subscription), Inter: t- » fr|se désabonner (a subscription), Inter: t+ » fr|mettre fin
    • Georgian: Inter: t- » ka|გაუქმება|sc=Geor|tr=gauk'meba, Inter: t- » ka|ანულირება|sc=Geor|tr=anulireba
    • German: Inter: t+ » de|annullieren, Inter: t+ » de|streichen
    • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|ακυρώνω|tr=akyróno|sc=Grek

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Hebrew: Inter: t- » he|ביטל|tr=bitél
  • Hungarian: Inter: t+ » hu|visszavon, Inter: t+ » hu|töröl
  • Italian: Inter: t- » it|invalidare, Inter: t+ » it|annullare, Inter: t+ » it|recidere, Inter: t+ » it|cassare
  • Japanese: Inter: t- » ja|取り消す|tr=とりけす, torikesu|sc=Jpan, Inter: t+ » ja|キャンセル|tr=kyanseru-suru|alt=キャンセルする|sc=Jpan
  • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|odwołać, Inter: t+ » pl|anulować
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|отменять|tr=otmenjátʹ Inter: imp » f, Inter: t+ » ru|отменить|tr=otmenítʹ Inter: pf » .; Inter: t+ » ru|аннулировать|tr=annulírovatʹ Inter: imp » f and Inter: pf » .
  • Spanish: Inter: t- » es|cancelar
  • Swahili: Inter: t+ » sw|ghairi
  • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|annullera, Inter: t+ » sv|avbryta (about an action), Inter: t+ » sv|upphäva (about a given order, or a rule)

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » mark as used
    • Danish: Inter: t- » da|stemple (cancelling stamps)
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|oblitérer (cancelling stamps)
    • German: Inter: t- » de|entwerten, Inter: t- » de|abstempeln

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|ακυρώνω|tr=akyróno|sc=Grek
  • Italian: Inter: t- » it|obliterare, Inter: t+ » it|annullare
  • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|stämpla (cancelling stamps)

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » offset, equalize
    • Czech: Inter: t+ » cs|vyrušit
    • Danish: Inter: t- » da|ophæve
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|neutraliser, Inter: t+ » fr|compenser
    • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|αντισταθμίζω|tr=antistathmízo|sc=Grek

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|neutralizzare, Inter: t- » it|compensare, Inter: t- » it|filtrare
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|отсекать|tr=otsekátʹ Inter: imp » f, Inter: t+ » ru|отсечь|tr=otséčʹ Inter: pf » .
  • Swahili: Inter: t+ » sw|ghairi
  • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|upphäva, Inter: t- » sv|släcka ut, Inter: t- » sv|ta ut

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » remove a common factor
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|съкращавам
    • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|krátit
    • Danish: Inter: t- » da|forkorte
    • Estonian: Inter: t- » et|taandama
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|éliminer, Inter: t+ » fr|annuler
    • Georgian: Inter: t- » ka|შეკვეცა|sc=Geor|tr=šekvec'a, Inter: t- » ka|გაბათილება|sc=Geor|tr=gabat'ileba

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • German: Inter: t+ » de|kürzen
  • Hungarian: Inter: t+ » hu|egyszerűsít
  • Polish: Inter: t- » pl|skrócić
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|сокращать|tr=sokraščátʹ Inter: imp » f, Inter: t+ » ru|сократить|tr=sokratítʹ Inter: pf » .
  • Swahili: Inter: t+ » sw|ghairi
  • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|förkorta

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: checktrans-to » p
    • Inter: ttbc » fr: annuler (1)
    • Inter: ttbc » lb: ännerungen
    • Inter: ttbc » es: cancelar

    Inter: trans-botto » m


    Inter: en-nou » n
  • A cancellation (US); (nonstandard in some kinds of English).
    1. Inter: Interne » t A control message posted to Usenet that serves to cancel a previously posted message.
    2. Inter: obsolet » e An inclosure; a boundary; a limit.
    3. : A prison is but a retirement, and opportunity of serious thoughts, to a person whose spiritInter: .. » .desires no enlargement beyond the cancels of the body. — Jeremy Taylor.
    4. Inter: printin » g The suppression on striking out of matter in type, or of a printed page or pages.


      Inter: trans-top » cancellation

  • Danish: aflysning, afbestilling, annullering
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|annulation|f
  • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|ακύρωση|f|tr=akýrosi|sc=Grek, Inter: t+ » el|ματαίωση|f|tr=mataíosi|sc=Grek

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|cancellazione|f, Inter: t+ » it|annullamento|m, Inter: t- » it|cassazione|f
    • Swahili: Inter: t+ » sw|ghairi

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » mark cancelling a sharp or flat
    • Danish: ophævningstegn
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|bécarre|m
    • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|διαγραφή|f|tr=diagrafí|sc=Grek

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Italian: Inter: t- » it|spuntato
  • Swahili: Inter: t+ » sw|ghairi
  • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|återställningstecken|n

  • Inter: trans-botto » m

    Related terms

    * chancel
    • cancellation
    • chancellery
    • chancellor
    • chancery

      External links

      * Inter: R:Webster 191 » 3
    • Inter: R:Century 191 » 1
    • Inter: R:OneLoo » k

    Translation: cs » cancel
    Translation: da » cancel
    Translation: de » cancel
    Translation: et » cancel
    Translation: el » cancel
    Translation: es » cancel
    Translation: eo » cancel
    Translation: fa » cancel
    Translation: fr » cancel
    Translation: fy » cancel
    Translation: gl » cancel
    Translation: ko » cancel
    Translation: hr » cancel
    Translation: io » cancel
    Translation: id » cancel
    Translation: it » cancel
    Translation: kn » cancel
    Translation: sw » cancel
    Translation: ku » cancel
    Translation: lo » cancel
    Translation: lt » cancel
    Translation: hu » cancel
    Translation: ml » cancel
    Translation: my » cancel
    Translation: nl » cancel
    Translation: ja » cancel
    Translation: no » cancel
    Translation: pl » cancel
    Category: simple:cancel -
    Translation: fi » cancel
    Translation: sv » cancel
    Translation: tl » cancel
    Translation: ta » cancel
    Translation: te » cancel
    Translation: th » cancel
    Translation: vi » cancel
    Translation: zh » cancel