|Origin:||canceller 'to cross out', from Latin cancellare 'to make like a frame of crossed bars', from cancer 'frame of crossed bars', from carcer 'prison'|
can‧cel S2 past tense and past participle cancelled, present participle cancelling British English, past tense and past participle canceled, present participle canceling American English
1 [intransitive and transitive]
to say that an event that was planned will not happen:
Our flight was cancelled.
I'm afraid I'll have to cancel our meeting tomorrow.
You'll just have to ring John and cancel.
2 [intransitive and transitive]
to end an agreement or arrangement that you have with someone:
I phoned the hotel to cancel my reservation.
The bank agreed to cancel all the company's debts.
to say officially that a document can no longer be used or no longer has any legal effect:
I phoned the bank to cancel the cheque.
cancel something ↔ outphrasal verb
The losses in our overseas division have cancelled out the profits made in the home market.