- 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, crossed bars, lattice, dissimilated < carcer, prison]1.a) to cross out with lines or other marks, as in deleting written matter or marking a check as used and clearedb) to print or stamp marks on (a postage stamp) as by machine or handstamp, to prevent reuse2. to make invalid; annul3. to do away with; wipe out; abolish, withdraw, etc. [to cancel an order or a ticket reservation]4. to neutralize or balance in force or influence; offset: often with out5. Math. to remove (a common factor from both terms of a fraction, equivalents of opposite sign or on opposite sides of an equation, etc.)6. Printing to delete or omitvi.to offset or cancel each other: with outn.1. the deletion or omission of matter in type or in print2.a) the matter omitted or deletedb) the replacement for this3. Informal CANCELLATION (sense 3)cancelableadj.cancelern.canceller
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.