cancel

can|cel
S2 [ˈkænsəl] v past tense and past participle cancelled present participle cancelling BrE past tense and past participle canceled present participle canceling AmE
[Date: 1300-1400; : French; Origin: canceller 'to cross out', from Latin cancellare 'to make like a frame of crossed bars', from cancer 'frame of crossed bars', from carcer 'prison']
1.) [I and T]
to say that an event that was planned will not happen
Our flight was cancelled.
I'm afraid I'll have to cancel our meeting tomorrow.
You'll just have to ring John and cancel.
2.) [I and T]
to end an agreement or arrangement that you have with someone
I phoned the hotel to cancel my reservation.
The bank agreed to cancel all the company's debts.
3.) [T]
to say officially that a document can no longer be used or no longer has any legal effect
I phoned the bank to cancel the cheque.
cancel out [cancel sth<=>out] phr v
if two things cancel each other out, they are equally important and have an opposite effect to each other, so that neither one has any effect
The losses in our overseas division have cancelled out the profits made in the home market.

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  • cancel — can·cel vt celed or celled, cel·ing, or, cel·ling 1: to destroy the force, validity, or effectiveness of: as a: to render (one s will or a provision in one s will) ineffective by purposely making marks through or otherwise marring the text of… …   Law dictionary

  • cancel — [ kɑ̃sɛl ] n. m. • XIIe; lat. cancellus « barreau » → chancel ♦ Hist. Lieu entouré d une balustrade où était déposé le grand sceau de l État. ⇒CHANCEL, CHANCEAU, CANCEL, subst. masc. ARCHITECTURE A. Grille, balustrade à jour, ordinairement en… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Cancel — may refer to: *Cancellation (mail), in mail, a postal marking applied to a stamp or stationery indicating that the item has been used *Cancellation (television), the termination of a television series * canceled (South Park) an episode of South… …   Wikipedia

  • cancel — [kan′səl] vt. canceled or cancelled, canceling or cancelling [ME cancellen < Anglo Fr canceler < LL cancellare, to strike out, cancel < L, to make resemble a lattice < cancelli, pl. of cancellus, lattice, grating, dim. of cancer,… …   English World dictionary

  • Cancel — To cancel signifie annuler en anglais. Dans les jeux de combat, le terme signifie interrompre un coup pour immédiatement en placer un autre, ce qui permet de réaliser un combo. Accomplir cela dépend de la dextérité du joueur mais aussi de la… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • cancel — (Del fr. ant. cancel). 1. m. Contrapuerta, generalmente de tres hojas, una de frente y dos laterales, ajustadas estas a las jambas de una puerta de entrada y cerrado todo por un techo para evitar las corrientes de aire y amortiguar los ruidos… …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • Cancel — Can cel, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Canceled} or {Cancelled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Canceling} or {Cancelling}.] [L. cancellare to make like a lattice, to strike or cross out (cf. Fr. canceller, OF. canceler) fr. cancelli lattice, crossbars, dim. of cancer… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cancel — Can cel, n. [See {Cancel}, v. i., and cf. {Chancel}.] [1913 Webster] 1. An inclosure; a boundary; a limit. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] A prison is but a retirement, and opportunity of serious thoughts, to a person whose spirit . . . desires no… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cancel — et, suivant quelques uns chancel (kan sèl et chan sèl) s. m. 1°   Dans une église, l endroit du choeur voisin du maître autel, et ordinairement fermé d une balustrade, et où se mettent les ministres servant à l autel. Mot vieilli. 2°   Le lieu où …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • cancel — [v1] call off; erase abolish, abort, abrogate, annul, ax, black out, blot out, break, break off, countermand, cross out, cut, deface, delete, destroy, do away with, do in, efface, eliminate, eradicate, expunge, finish off*, go back on one’s word* …   New thesaurus

  • cancel — sustantivo masculino 1. Contrapuerta formada por un techo y tres paredes con puertas en las dos laterales y que sirve para que no pasen ni las corrientes de aire ni los ruidos: En muchas iglesias hay un cancel en la entrada. 2. Uso/registro:… …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

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