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can·cel / ˈkansəl/ • v. (-celed , -cel·ing ; Brit. -celled, -cel·ling) [tr.] 1. decide or announce that (an arranged or planned event) will not take place: he was forced to cancel his visit. ∎  annul or revoke (a formal arrangement which is in effect): his visa was canceled. ∎  abolish or make void (a financial obligation): I intend to cancel your debt to me. ∎  mark, pierce, or tear (a ticket, check, or postage stamp) to show that it has been used or invalidated: [as adj.] canceled checks. 2. (of a factor or circumstance) neutralize or negate the force or effect of (another): the electric fields may cancel each other out. ∎  Math. delete (an equal factor) from both sides of an equation or from the numerator and denominator of a fraction. • n. 1. a mark made on a postage stamp to show that it has been used. 2. Printing a new page or section inserted in a book to replace the original text, typically to correct an error. 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.’

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cancel XIV. — (O)F. canceller — L. cancellāre make lattice-wise, cross out (a writing), f. cancellus, pl. cancellī cross-bars (see CHANCEL).

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