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Definition of cancel verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    cancel

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    BrE BrE//ˈkænsl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkænsl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they cancel
    BrE BrE//ˈkænsl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkænsl//
     
    he / she / it cancels
    BrE BrE//ˈkænslz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkænslz//
     
    past simple cancelled
    BrE BrE//ˈkænsld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkænsld//
     
    past participle cancelled
    BrE BrE//ˈkænsld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkænsld//
     
    (US English) past simple canceled
    BrE BrE//ˈkænsld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkænsld//
     
    (US English) past participle canceled
    BrE BrE//ˈkænsld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkænsld//
     
    -ing form cancelling
    BrE BrE//ˈkænslɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkænslɪŋ//
     
    (US English) -ing form canceling
    BrE BrE//ˈkænslɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkænslɪŋ//
     
    Train and bus travel
     
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  1. 1  [transitive] cancel something to decide that something that has been arranged will not now take place All flights have been cancelled because of bad weather. The wedding was cancelled at the last minute. Don't forget to cancel the newspaper (= arrange for it not to be delivered) before going away. compare postpone See related entries: Train and bus travel
  2. 2  [transitive, intransitive] cancel (something) to say that you no longer want to continue with an agreement, especially one that has been legally arranged to cancel a policy/subscription Is it too late to cancel my order? The US has agreed to cancel debts (= say that they no longer need to be paid) totalling $10 million. No charge will be made if you cancel within 10 days.
  3. 3[transitive] cancel something to mark a ticket or stamp so that it cannot be used again More Like This Consonant-doubling verbs bob, club, dub, grab, rub, sob, throb kid, nod, pad, plod, prod, shred, skid, thud beg, blog, bug, drag, drug, flag, hug, jog, log, mug, nag, plug bar, confer, infer, occur, prefer, refer, star, stir, transfer acquit, admit, allot, chat, clot, commit, jut, knit, pat, regret, rot, spot, submit (in British English:) appal, cancel, channel, control, counsel, enrol, equal, excel, fuel, fulfil, label, level, marvel, model, pedal, quarrel, signal, travelSee worksheet.
  4. Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘obliterate or delete writing by drawing or stamping lines across it’): from Old French canceller, from Latin cancellare, from cancelli ‘crossbars’.Extra examples Don’t forget to cancel the newspaper before going away. The 10.19 train has been cancelled. The US has agreed to cancel debts totalling $10 million. The president fell ill and was forced to cancel all public engagements. When the war broke out all leave was cancelled. to cancel a policy/​subscription Phrasal Verbscancel out
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