cancel

To cancel means to call off or postpone indefinitely. Which is probably what you would do if the hotel you were planning to stay in has an infestation of bedbugs.

Scrub, scratch, or strike down — those are all other ways of saying cancel. People often cancel plans, deciding not to do something they had already scheduled. In math, if the numerator and a denominator of a fraction have common factors you can cancel the factors out, which means delete them. To cancel a debt means to get rid it. A cancel on a postage stamp is the mark that shows it has been used.

Primary Meanings of cancel

1.
vn
declare null and void; make ineffective
a notation cancelling a previous sharp or flat
2.
v
remove or make invisible
3.
v
make up for
Full Definitions of cancel
1

v declare null and void; make ineffective

Cancel the election results”
Synonyms:
strike down
Types:
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annul, countermand, lift, overturn, repeal, rescind, reverse, revoke, vacate
cancel officially
remit
release from (claims, debts, or taxes)
write off
cancel (a debt)
annul, avoid, invalidate, nullify, quash, void
declare invalid
recall
make unavailable; bar from sale or distribution
go back on, renege, renege on, renegue on
fail to fulfill a promise or obligation
break
invalidate by judicial action
retire
withdraw from circulation or from the market, as of bills, shares, and bonds
stet
printing: cancel, as of a correction or deletion
Type of:
adjudge, declare, hold
declare to be

v make invalid for use

cancel cheques or tickets”
Synonyms:
invalidate
Type of:
mark, score
make underscoring marks

v postpone indefinitely or annul something that was scheduled

cancel the dinner party”
Synonyms:
call off, scratch, scrub

n a notation cancelling a previous sharp or flat

Synonyms:
natural
Type of:
musical notation
(music) notation used by musicians
2

v remove or make invisible

Synonyms:
delete
Types:
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efface, erase, rub out, score out, wipe off
remove by or as if by rubbing or erasing
excise, expunge, scratch, strike
remove by erasing or crossing out or as if by drawing a line
sponge
erase with a sponge; as of words on a blackboard
cut out, scratch out
strike or cancel by or as if by rubbing or crossing out
Type of:
remove, take, take away, withdraw
remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
3

v make up for

Synonyms:
offset, set off
Types:
counteract, counterbalance, countervail, neutralize
oppose and mitigate the effects of by contrary actions
override
counteract the normal operation of (an automatic gear shift in a vehicle)
Type of:
balance, equilibrate, equilibrise, equilibrize
bring into balance or equilibrium

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