What does cancel mean?

Definitions for cancel
ˈkæn səlcan·cel

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage 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).

  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.

  3. cancelnoun

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

  4. cancelverb

    To cross out something with lines etc.

  5. cancelverb

    To invalidate or annul something.

    He cancelled his order on their website.

  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.

  7. cancelverb

    To offset or equalize something.

    The corrective feedback mechanism cancels out the noise.

  8. cancelverb

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

  9. cancelverb

    To stop production of a programme.

  10. Etymology: From Latin, diminutive of.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To CANCELverb

    Etymology: canceller, Fr. from cancellis notare, to mark with cross lines.

    Now welcome night, thou night so long expected,
    That long day’s labour doth at last defray,
    And all my cares which cruel love collected,
    Has summ’d in one, and cancelled for aye. Edmund Spenser.

    Know then, I here forget all former griefs,
    Cancel all grudge; repeal thee home again. William Shakespeare, Two Gentlemen of Verona.

    Thou whom avenging pow’rs obey,
    Cancel my debt, too great to pay,
    Before the sad accounting day. Wentworth Dillon.

    I pass the bills, my lords,
    For cancelling your debts. Thomas Southerne, Spartan Dame.


  1. cancel

    To cancel generally means to annul or call off a planned event, agreement, decision, or ongoing process. It could also refer to the act of neutralizing or counteracting the effect of something, thus rendering it ineffective, in various fields such as mathematics, physics, or technology. Finally, in relation to subscriptions or services, canceling could signify the termination of an ongoing service or agreement.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cancelverb

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

  2. Cancelverb

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

  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

  4. Cancelverb

    to annul or destroy; to revoke or recall

  5. Cancelverb

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

  6. Cancelverb

    an inclosure; a boundary; a limit

  7. Cancelverb

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

  8. Cancelverb

    the part thus suppressed

  9. 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.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Cancel is ranked #8649 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Cancel surname appeared 3,801 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Cancel.

    84.2% or 3,203 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    11.9% or 454 total occurrences were White.
    1.8% or 69 total occurrences were Asian.
    1.4% or 54 total occurrences were Black.

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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. Maria Solomatina:

    I think that since Putin made the decision to cancel flights, most likely there is a genuine suspicion that it was a terrorist act. And of course, then it is correct to cancel the flights because it means it is dangerous to fly there.

  2. Kendra Wilkinson:

    ( Reuters) Super sick. Going to have to cancel the late show tonight. My heart could n’t cancel both. Sorry late show.

  3. Jim Jefferies:

    This is just cancel culture, the guy shouldnt have been fired, its just a couple of things back in his history. Are we going to go through everyones history, or are we going to get rid of every sketch that Saturday Night Live has done that involved race ? WALLS OF JERICHO DRUMMER ARRESTED WITH OVER 630 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA While many comedians feel that cancel culture is unfair and unjust, there are some that feel its necessary and will help the art form grow. Caley Chase, daughter of legendary comic Chevy Chase and a standup comedian herself, spoke with The Los Angeles Times about how far comedians can go. There are some bad people out there, and there are some really [ bad ] things to say, she said. Theres a line. Did you hurt someone ? Thats the line. Another.

  4. Ronald Reagan:

    I just don't think it's good for us to be run out of town. (Refusing to cancel Secretary of State visit to Moscow)

  5. Sylvester Turner:

    Where there are provisions that would allow us to cancel this convention, we will exercise those provisions, the plan is to exercise those provisions, to cancel this agreement, this contract, today, to not go forward with this convention.

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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
  • Chinese

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