cancel
I. verb (-celed or -celled; -celing or cancelling) Etymology: Middle English cancellen, from Anglo-French canceller, chanceller, from Late Latin cancellare, from Latin, to make like a lattice, from cancelli (plural), diminutive of cancer lattice, probably alteration of carcer prison Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to destroy the force, effectiveness, or validity of ; annul <
cancel a magazine subscription
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a canceled check
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b. to bring to nothingness ; destroy c. to match in force or effect ; offset — often used with out <
his irritability canceled out his natural kindness — Osbert Sitwell
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d. to call off usually without expectation of conducting or performing at a later time <
cancel a football game
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2. a. to mark or strike out for deletion b. omit, delete 3. a. to remove (a common divisor) from numerator and denominator b. to remove (equivalents) on opposite sides of an equation or account 4. to deface (a postage or revenue stamp) especially with a set of ink lines so as to invalidate for reuse intransitive verb to neutralize each other's strength or effect ; counterbalancecancelable or cancellable adjectivecanceler or canceller noun II. noun Date: 1806 1. cancellation 2. a. a deleted part or passage b. (1) a leaf containing matter to be deleted (2) a new leaf or slip substituted for matter already printed

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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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