What does Cancel mean?

Definitions for Cancel
ˈkæn səlCan·cel

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Cancel.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. natural, cancel(verb)

    a notation cancelling a previous sharp or flat

  2. cancel, call off, scratch, scrub(verb)

    postpone indefinitely or annul something that was scheduled

    "Call off the engagement"; "cancel the dinner party"; "we had to scrub our vacation plans"; "scratch that meeting--the chair is ill"

  3. cancel, offset, set off(verb)

    make up for

    "His skills offset his opponent's superior strength"

  4. cancel, strike down(verb)

    declare null and void; make ineffective

    "Cancel the election results"; "strike down a law"

  5. delete, cancel(verb)

    remove or make invisible

    "Please delete my name from your list"

  6. cancel, invalidate(verb)

    make invalid for use

    "cancel cheques or tickets"


  1. cancel(Noun)

    A cancellation (US); (nonstandard in some kinds of English).

    Etymology: From Latin , diminutive of .

  2. cancel(Noun)

    An inclosure; a boundary; a limit.

    A prison is but a retirement, and opportunity of serious thoughts, to a person whose spiritdesires no enlargement beyond the cancels of the body. uE000135647uE001 Jeremy Taylor.

    Etymology: From Latin , diminutive of .

  3. cancel(Noun)

    The suppression on striking out of matter in type, or of a printed page or pages.

    Etymology: From Latin , diminutive of .

  4. cancel(Verb)

    To cross out something with lines etc.

    Etymology: From Latin , diminutive of .

  5. cancel(Verb)

    To invalidate or annul something.

    He cancelled his order on their website.

    Etymology: From Latin , diminutive of .

  6. cancel(Verb)

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

    This machine cancels the letters that have a valid zip code.

    Etymology: From Latin , diminutive of .

  7. cancel(Verb)

    To offset or equalize something.

    The corrective feedback mechanism cancels out the noise.

    Etymology: From Latin , diminutive of .

  8. cancel(Verb)

    To remove a common factor from both the numerator and denominator of a fraction, or from both sides of an equation.

    Etymology: From Latin , diminutive of .

  9. cancel(Verb)

    To stop production of a programme.

    Etymology: From Latin , diminutive of .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cancel(verb)

    to inclose or surround, as with a railing, or with latticework

    Etymology: [See Cancel, v. i., and cf. Chancel.]

  2. Cancel(verb)

    to shut out, as with a railing or with latticework; to exclude

    Etymology: [See Cancel, v. i., and cf. Chancel.]

  3. Cancel(verb)

    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

    Etymology: [See Cancel, v. i., and cf. Chancel.]

  4. Cancel(verb)

    to annul or destroy; to revoke or recall

    Etymology: [See Cancel, v. i., and cf. Chancel.]

  5. Cancel(verb)

    to suppress or omit; to strike out, as matter in type

    Etymology: [See Cancel, v. i., and cf. Chancel.]

  6. Cancel(verb)

    an inclosure; a boundary; a limit

    Etymology: [See Cancel, v. i., and cf. Chancel.]

  7. Cancel(verb)

    the suppression or striking out of matter in type, or of a printed page or pages

    Etymology: [See Cancel, v. i., and cf. Chancel.]

  8. Cancel(verb)

    the part thus suppressed

    Etymology: [See Cancel, v. i., and cf. Chancel.]


  1. Cancel

    Postpone indefinitely or annul something that was scheduled.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cancel

    kan′sel, v.t. to erase or blot out by crossing with lines: to annul or suppress, as a printed page, &c.: to obliterate: to frustrate: to counterbalance or compensate for: to remove equivalent quantities on opposite sides of an equation:—pr.p. can′celling; pa.p. can′celled.—n. the suppression of a printed page or sheet, the page so cancelled, or the new one substituted. [Fr. canceller—L. cancell-āre, from cancelli, railings, lattice-work, dim. of cancer.]

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Cancel' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3896

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Cancel' in Verbs Frequency: #658

How to pronounce Cancel?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say Cancel in sign language?

  1. cancel


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Cancel in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Cancel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Cancel in a Sentence

  1. Wei Jianguo:

    We should return to the point of origin and cancel all tariffs.

  2. Channing Dungey:

    Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.

  3. Ed Asner:

    That show definitely had the stamp of approval, it was a good show. I can remember when we first started out and the rest of the cast, the other guys, were saying ‘ Will we make it ? Will we make it ? ’ What I said is, ‘ I do n’t give a s ---. If I just keep doing scripts this good, that’s all I care about. Whether they cancel us or not is n’t important. The fact that we’ve got this good stuff to do is all that matters. ’.

  4. Chief Executive Vitaly Savelyev:

    In today's falling market we have well-founded reasons to cancel the contract, we don't see a market where it is possible to use this aircraft. We haven't yet seen the worst of this crisis.

  5. Maxine Waters:

    Mr. Secretary, I want you to know that no other secretary has ever told us the day before that they were going to limit their time in the way that you're doing, so if you want to use them as examples, you have acted differently than they have acted, and as I have said, if you wish to leave, you may, if you'd wish to keep me here so that I don't have my important meeting and continue to grill me, then we can do that. I will cancel my meeting and I will not be back here. I will be very clear if that's the way you'd like to have this relationship.

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  • ألغى, إلغاءArabic
  • зачерквам, отменям, анулирам, съкращавам, задрасквамBulgarian
  • zrušit, stornovat, vyrušit, škrtnout, krátit, škrtatCzech
  • annullere, afbestille, stryge, forkorte, ophæve, aflyse, strege ud, stemple, aflysning, afbestilling, annullering, ophævningstegnDanish
  • ausstreichen, aufheben, annullieren, auslöschen, streichen, kürzen, entwerten, abstempeln, stornierenGerman
  • ακυρώνω, αντισταθμίζω, διαγράφω, ματαίωση, διαγραφή, ακύρωση, ακυρώσειGreek
  • cancelarSpanish
  • taandama, kustutama, tühistamaEstonian
  • poistaa, mitätöidä, supistaa, yliviivata, kumota, peruuttaaFinnish
  • mettre fin, résilier, compenser, se désabonner, éliminer, annuler, oblitérer, neutraliser, annulation, bécarreFrench
  • síogIrish
  • ביטלHebrew
  • रद्द करनाHindi
  • kihúz, visszavon, töröl, egyszerűsít, megszüntetiHungarian
  • չեղարկելArmenian
  • membatalkanIndonesian
  • filtrare, recidere, cassare, cancellare, eliminare, annullare, compensare, depennare, obliterare, neutralizzare, invalidare, cancellazione, annullamento, cassazione, spuntatoItalian
  • לבטלHebrew
  • キャンセル, 取り消すJapanese
  • გადახაზვა, გაბათილება, წაშლა, გაუქმება, ანულირება, შეკვეცაGeorgian
  • 취소Korean
  • cancelLatin
  • strykeNorwegian
  • doorhalen, annuleren, schrappenDutch
  • skrócić, odwołać, anulować, skreślićPolish
  • invalidar, cancelar, neutralizar, riscar, eliminar, anular, anulaçãoPortuguese
  • anulaRomanian
  • погаша́ть, отсе́чь, аннули́ровать, сокраща́ть, зачёркивать, сократи́ть, зачеркну́ть, погаси́ть, отменя́ть, отсека́ть, отмени́ть, бека́р, отменитьRussian
  • stämpla, stryka, upphäva, förkorta, annullera, släcka ut, avbryta, ta ut, återställningstecken, avbokaSwedish
  • ghairiSwahili
  • ரத்துTamil
  • ยกเลิกThai
  • iptalTurkish
  • скасуватиUkrainian
  • hủyVietnamese
  • Chinese

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