cancel: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (kan'sul), [key]
— v., n. -celed, -cel•ing -celled, -cel•ling,
- 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.
- He plans to cancel his account at the department store.
- to close (an account) by crediting or paying all outstanding charges:He plans to cancel his account at the department store.
- 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.
- 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.
- to omit.
- to counterbalance or compensate for one another; become neutralized (often fol. by out): The pros and cons cancel out.
- (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.
- a replacement for an omitted part.
- cancel (Thesaurus)