- 1decide or announce that (a planned event) will not take place
- 2revoke or destroy (a postal or philatelic item after it has been used)
- 3neutralize or counteract (an unpleasant feeling or situation)
Using cancel: Examples
Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "cancel" can be used in various situations through the following examples!
The concert was canceled due to bad weather.
I need to cancel my appointment with the dentist.
He canceled his subscription to the magazine.
The company canceled the project due to budget constraints.
cancel Synonyms and Antonyms
Idioms Using cancel
If he finds out you stole his money, he'll cancel your Christmas.
The bank agreed to cancel his debt after he explained his financial situation.
I had to cancel my plans to go to the beach because of the rain.
Phrases with cancel
the practice of withdrawing support for (canceling) public figures and companies after they have done or said something considered objectionable or offensive
The controversy sparked a debate about cancel culture and free speech.
The positive effects of exercise can cancel out the negative effects of smoking.
The two candidates' opposing views on taxes cancel each other out, leaving voters undecided.
Origins of cancel
from Old French 'canceler', from Latin 'cancellare', meaning 'to make resemble a lattice'
Summary: cancel in Brief
To 'cancel' [ˈkænsəl] means to decide or announce that a planned event will not take place, revoke or destroy a postal or philatelic item after it has been used, or neutralize or counteract an unpleasant feeling or situation. Examples include 'The concert was canceled due to bad weather.' and 'He canceled his subscription to the magazine.' Phrases like 'cancel culture' and idioms like 'cancel someone's Christmas' extend the term's meaning.