English version

cancel something ↔ out

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishcancel something ↔ out phrasal verbEQUALif two things cancel each other out, they are equally important and have an opposite effect to each other, so that neither one has any effectnegate The losses in our overseas division have cancelled out the profits made in the home market. cancel→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
cancel outIt also has the great advantage that many of the infinities that arise in quantum theory cancel each other out.Since the 1970s, the world had been dominated by two problems which, ironically, tended to cancel each other out.Superposition is of the essence of waves, which can be added together to reinforce or cancel each other out.The two William Wilsons cancelled each other out, and that was all.These two effects cancel each other out at an altitude of about 25 kilometres.The two sides of the equation should cancel each other out into unity.These interfere with each other, cancelling each other out or reinforcing each other to produce bigger waves.This means that their spins are guaranteed to cancel each other out to give a total spin of zero.
From Longman Business Dictionarycancel something → out phrasal verb [transitive] if one thing cancels out another, it has an equal but opposite effect, so that the effects of the first thing are not feltThe losses in our overseas division have cancelled out this year’s profits. cancel→ See Verb table
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Verb table
cancel
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theycancel
he, she, itcancels
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theycancelled (BrE)
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave cancelled
he, she, ithas cancelled
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad cancelled
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill cancel
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have cancelled
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam cancelling
he, she, itis cancelling
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you, we, theyare cancelling
Past
I, he, she, itwas cancelling
you, we, theywere cancelling
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been cancelling
he, she, ithas been cancelling
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been cancelling
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be cancelling
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been cancelling
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