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, cancelverb

    a notation cancelling a previous sharp or flat

  2. cancel, call off, scratch, scrubverb

    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 offverb

    make up for

    "His skills offset his opponent's superior strength"

  4. cancel, strike downverb

    declare null and void; make ineffective

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

  5. delete, cancelverb

    remove or make invisible

    "Please delete my name from your list"

  6. cancel, invalidateverb

    make invalid for use

    "cancel cheques or tickets"


  1. cancelnoun

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

    Etymology: From Latin , diminutive of .

  2. cancelnoun

    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. cancelnoun

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

    Etymology: From Latin , diminutive of .

  4. cancelverb

    To cross out something with lines etc.

    Etymology: From Latin , diminutive of .

  5. cancelverb

    To invalidate or annul something.

    He cancelled his order on their website.

    Etymology: From Latin , diminutive of .

  6. cancelverb

    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. cancelverb

    To offset or equalize something.

    The corrective feedback mechanism cancels out the noise.

    Etymology: From Latin , diminutive of .

  8. cancelverb

    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. cancelverb

    To stop production of a programme.

    Etymology: From Latin , diminutive of .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cancelverb

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

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

  2. Cancelverb

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

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

  3. Cancelverb

    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. Cancelverb

    to annul or destroy; to revoke or recall

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

  5. Cancelverb

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

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

  6. Cancelverb

    an inclosure; a boundary; a limit

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

  7. Cancelverb

    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. Cancelverb

    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.]

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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

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  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. 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.

  2. Antonio Villaraigosa:

    We have never been here before. We are in uncharted territory and it is clear to me that it is appropriate at this time... that they are looking at contingency options, there is no decision yet to postpone or cancel the convention in anyway, but it would be malpractice not to do look at contingencies.

  3. Jackson Lee:

    Do not cancel us tonight, do not ignore the pain, the history and the reasonableness of this commission.

  4. Glen Walter:

    Some of the innovation flavors that we have in the pipeline... we've chosen to either postpone or cancel to allow us to make sure that, from a production standpoint and an execution standpoint, we can continue to deliver to consumers what they know and love.

  5. Kelly Osbourne:

    That’s why, like, I don’t give a f--k about cancel culture. I don’t give a f--k about what anyone thinks about me in that sense, like, if you think I’m a racist, fine. You think I’m a racist. I know who I am. I don’t care what you think of me. I care what [my cohost] Jeff thinks of me. I care what my family thinks of me. I don’t care what somebody hiding behind a computer and a fake Instagram page who puts up stuff where they don’t practice what they preach [thinks].

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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
  • nuligiEsperanto
  • cancelarSpanish
  • taandama, kustutama, tühistamaEstonian
  • لغو کردنPersian
  • 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
  • ರದ್ದುಗೊಳಿಸಿKannada
  • 취소Korean
  • cancelLatin
  • strykeNorwegian
  • doorhalen, annuleren, schrappenDutch
  • AvbrytNorwegian
  • 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
  • באָטל מאַכןYiddish
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    a conveyance that transports people or objects
    • A. cycling
    • B. accident
    • C. trigger
    • D. vehicle

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