AskDefine | Define cancel

Dictionary Definition

cancel n : a notation cancelling a previous sharp or flat [syn: natural]


1 postpone indefinitely or annul something that was scheduled; "Call off the engagement"; "cancel the dinner party" [syn: call off]
2 make up for; "His skills offset his opponent's superior strength" [syn: offset, set off]
3 declare null and void; make ineffective; "Cancel the election results"; "strike down a law" [syn: strike down]
4 remove or make invisible; "Please delete my name from your list" [syn: delete]
5 of cheques or tickets [syn: invalidate] [also: cancelling, cancelled]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /kænsəl̩/


from Latin cancelli a railing or lattice.


  1. To cross out something with lines etc.
  2. To invalidate or annul something.
    He cancelled his order on their website.
  3. 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.
  4. To offset or equalize something.
    The corrective feedback mechanism cancels out the noise.
  5. To remove a common factor from both the numerator and denominator of a fraction, or from both sides of an equation.


cross out
  • Danish: strege ud, stryge
  • Finnish: yliviivata
  • German: ausstreichen
invalidate, annul
  • Czech: zrušit, stornovat
  • Danish: annullere, afbestille, aflyse
  • Finnish: mitätöidä, kumota
  • French: annuler, résilier (a telephone contract, a subscription), se désabonner (a subscription), mettre fin
  • German: annullieren, streichen
  • Greek: ακυρώνω
  • Hebrew: לבטל (le'vat'el)
  • Swedish: annullera, avbryta (about an action)
mark as used
  • Danish: stemple (cancelling stamps)
  • French: oblitérer (cancelling stamps)
  • German: entwerten, abstempeln
offset, equalize
  • Danish: ophæve
  • French: neutraliser, compenser
remove a common factor
  • Danish: forkorte
  • French: éliminer, annuler
  • German: kürzen
  • Swedish: förkorta


  1. A cancellation.


mark cancelling a sharp or flat

Extensive Definition

Cancel may refer to:
  • An alternate name for the archangel Camael.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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