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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb cancel:


Cancel is sometimes a misspelling of cancelled.

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Definition of the noun cancel

What does cancel mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: cancels

  1. a notation cancelling a previous sharp or flat

Alternative definition of the noun cancel


  1. A cancellation (US); (nonstandard in some kinds of English).
  2. [internet] A control message posted to Usenet that serves to cancel a previously posted message.
  3. [obsolete] An inclosure; a boundary; a limit.
  4. [printing] The suppression on striking out of matter in type, or of a printed page or pages.

Definition of the verb cancel

What does cancel mean as a doing word?

Cancel is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: cancelled, cancelling

  1. postpone indefinitely or annul something that was scheduled
    • example: cancel the dinner party
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonyms of cancel: call off / scratch / scrub
    • entailment: schedule = make a schedule
  2. make up for
  3. declare null and void; make ineffective
  4. remove or make invisible
  5. make invalid for use
    • example: cancel cheques or tickets
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonym of cancel: invalidate
    • more generic words: mark / score = make underscoring marks

Alternative definition of the verb cancel


  1. [transitive] To cross out something with lines etc.
  2. [transitive] To invalidate or annul something.
  3. [transitive] To mark something (such as a used postage stamp) so that it can't be reused.
  4. [transitive] To offset or equalize something.
  5. [transitive] [mathematics] To remove a common factor from both the numerator and denominator of a fraction, or from both sides of an equation.
  6. [transitive] [media] To stop production of a programme.


"CANCEL" is a musical album of Minako Honda.

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  1. Cancel is a website.
  2. Cancel: Postpone indefinitely or annul something that was scheduled.

Phrases with Cancel

  1. cancel out
  2. Dumb Cancel
  3. Mute Cancel
  4. Killer Cancel

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Cancel

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Google previewThe Dictionary of the Book (2016)

A Glossary for Book Collectors, Booksellers, Librarians, and Others by Sidney E. Berger

says, “A cancel is any part of a book substituted...

Google previewMastering VBA for Microsoft Office 2007 (2008)

by Richard Mansfield

Here, Cancel is a required argument specifying event status. The default setting is False, which specifies that the control involved should handle the event and that the focus will pass to the next control; a setting of True ...

Google previewCrabb's English Synonymes (1917)

by George Crabb

cancel is the act of a person, and always the fruit of design: obliterate is the fruit of accident and circumstances in general; time itself may obliterate characters on ...

Google previewSilverlight 2 Unleashed (2008)

by Laurent Bugnion

cancel is a utility method, called by the handleCancelClicked event handler and by the checkErrorMessage method. It hides the login dialog and resets its state.

Google previewThe Handbook of Software for Engineers and Scientists (1995)

by Paul W. Ross

Cancel Exception act that ends a workflow, moving it into the Canceled state. Cancel is an act that the customer can take at any moment of the workflow.

Google previewJava Concurrency in Practice (2006)

by Tim Peierls, Brian Goetz, Joshua Bloch, Joseph Bowbeer, Doug Lea, David Holmes

cancel means that the task thread can ...

Google previewCrossword Puzzle Dictionary (2015)

by Murali Mohan Hundigam

waterways Canary Islands—Tenerife, Gram Canaria, Fuerte Ventura, Lanzarote, Gomera, La Balma, Hierro Cancel—abolish, annul, wipe, scrub, call off, pull the plug on, revoke Cancel a debt—write off Cancel a law—annul, quash, repeal, ...

Google previewSubject Headings Used in the Dictionary Catalogues of the Library of Congress (1919)

by Library of Congress. Catalog Division, Mary Wilson MacNair

Cancel reference to New England theology. Camp fire girls. - HS3353.C3 Cañute (Game ) *Carancahua Indians, See Karankawan Indians. Change to See Karankawa Indians.

Google previewDictionary of Health Insurance and Managed Care (2006)

by David E. Marcinko, MBA, CFP, CMP

In life and noncancelable health insurance, the company generally may not cancel a policy, except under certain conditions, for nonpayment of premiums. CANCELLATION PROVISION: A provision in a health policy that allows the insurance ...

Google previewPansegrouw's Crossword Dictionary (1994)

by Louisa Pansegrouw

Palma Canary lsland volcano Tenequia canary wine malmsey canary yellow meline can be beaten vincible can be ploughed arable can be taken for granted assumable cancel abolish, abort, abrogate, absolve, annul, avoid, cease, delete, ...

Google previewHarriman's Financial Dictionary (2007)

Over 2,600 Essential Financial Terms by Simon Briscoe, Jane Fuller

cancel. former. order. CFO Type of order given to a broker. Categories: Futures, Commodities 201...

Google previewFlip Dictionary (2002)

by Barbara Kipfer

hoax, lie, rumor, spoof, swindle canary: bird, dance, fink, informer, singer, songbird, squealer, stoolie, wine, yellow canary's kin: serin cancel: abolish, abort, abrogate, annul, ax, call off, dele, delete, drop, efface, end, erase, invalidate, negate, ...

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Quotes about Cancel

The Moving Finger writes and, having writ, Moves on nor all your Piety nor Wit Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line, Nor all your Tears wash out a Word of it. (Omar Khayyam)
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Scrabble value of C3A1N1C3E1L1

The value of this 6-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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