Definition of cancel
From Latin cancelli (“a railing or lattice”), diminutive of cancer (“a lattice”).
cancel (third-person singular simple present cancels, present participle cancelling (Commonwealth), canceling (American), simple past and past participle cancelled (Commonwealth), canceled (American))
- (transitive) To cross out something with lines etc.
- (transitive) To invalidate or annul something.
He cancelled his order on their website.
- (transitive) 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.
- (transitive) To offset or equalize something.
The corrective feedback mechanism cancels out the noise.
- (transitive) (media) To stop production of a programme.
cancel (plural cancels)
- A cancellation (US); (nonstandard in some kinds of English).
(Internet) A control message posted to Usenet that serves to cancel a previously posted message.
- (obsolete) An inclosure; a boundary; a limit.
A prison is but a retirement, and opportunity of serious thoughts, to a person whose spirit [...] desires no enlargement beyond the cancels of the body. - Jeremy Taylor.
- (printing) The suppression on striking out of matter in type, or of a printed page or pages.
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