Definition of Cancel

1. Noun. A notation cancelling a previous sharp or flat.

Exact synonyms: Natural
Generic synonyms: Musical Notation

2. Verb. Postpone indefinitely or annul something that was scheduled. "Scratch that meeting--the chair is ill"
Exact synonyms: Call Off, Scratch, Scrub
Entails: Schedule
Derivative terms: Cancellation

3. Verb. Make up for. "His skills offset his opponent's superior strength"
Exact synonyms: Offset, Set Off
Specialized synonyms: Counteract, Counterbalance, Countervail, Neutralize
Generic synonyms: Balance, Equilibrate, Equilibrise, Equilibrize
Derivative terms: Offset

4. Verb. Declare null and void; make ineffective. "Strike down a law"
Exact synonyms: Strike Down
Specialized synonyms: Annul, Countermand, Lift, Overturn, Repeal, Rescind, Reverse, Revoke, Vacate, Remit, Write Off, Annul, Avoid, Invalidate, Nullify, Quash, Void, Recall
Generic synonyms: Adjudge, Declare, Hold
Derivative terms: Cancellation, Cancellation

5. Verb. Remove or make invisible. "Please delete my name from your list"
Exact synonyms: Delete
Generic synonyms: Remove, Take, Take Away, Withdraw
Specialized synonyms: Efface, Erase, Rub Out, Score Out, Wipe Off, Excise, Expunge, Scratch, Strike
Derivative terms: Deletion, Deletion

6. Verb. Make invalid for use. "Cancel cheques or tickets"
Exact synonyms: Invalidate
Generic synonyms: Mark, Score

Definition of Cancel

1. v. i. To inclose or surround, as with a railing, or with latticework.

2. n. An inclosure; a boundary; a limit.

Definition of Cancel

1. Verb. (transitive) To cross out something with lines etc. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To invalidate or annul something. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To mark something (such as a used postage stamp) so that it can't be reused. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To offset or equalize something. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) (mathematics) To remove a common factor from both the numerator and denominator of a fraction, or from both sides of an equation. ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) (media) To stop production of a programme. ¹

7. Noun. A cancellation (''US''); (nonstandard in some kinds of English). ¹

8. Noun. (obsolete) An inclosure; a boundary; a limit. ¹

9. Noun. (printing) The suppression on striking out of matter in type, or of a printed page or pages. ¹

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Definition of Cancel

1. to annul [v -CELED, -CELING, -CELS or -CELLED, -CELLING, -CELS] - See also: annul

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cancel

canavanine hydrolase
canavanine reductase
canavaninosuccinate synthetase
cancel (current term)
cancel out

Literary usage of Cancel

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1. Lawyers' Reports Annotated by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company (1919)
"The agent cannot cancel and substitute new insurance without consent of insured and delivery of the policy. Lancaster Ins. Co. v. Nil!, 114 Pa. ..."

2. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage by Inc. Merriam-Webster (1994)
"To this we can say that he is correct insofar as our evidence is reliable. cancel out is not used in the transitive sense of ..."

3. A Treatise on the Law of Insurance of Every Kind by Joseph Asbury Joyce (1917)
"payment of premiums when due; * but concerning the right to cancel upon such nonpayment it is undoubted that the parties may mutually consent to a ..."

4. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1888)
"... aside and cancel patents for inventions—ior frauds committed by the parties to ... for appellant: The Government may sue to cancel a patent for land. ..."

5. The Law of Nations: Or, Principles of the Law of Nature, Applied to the by Emer de Vattel, Joseph Chitty (1883)
"On such an occasion, prudence wise policy will point out the line of conduct to be pursued. cancel an- jured party trom the obligations he has contracted in ..."

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