cancel

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English cancellen, from Anglo-Norman canceler (to cross out with lines) (modern French chanceler (unsteady move)), from Latin cancellō (to make resemble a lattice), from cancellus (a railing or lattice), diminutive of cancer (a lattice).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈkæn.sl̩/, [ˈkɛən.sl̩ ~ ˈkeən.sl̩] (see /æ/ raising)
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: can‧cel

Verb[edit]

cancel (third-person singular simple present cancels, present participle cancelling or (US) canceling, simple past and past participle cancelled or (US) canceled)

  1. (transitive) To cross out something with lines etc.
  2. (transitive) To invalidate or annul something.
    Synonym: belay
    He cancelled his order on their website.
    • 1914, Marjorie Benton Cooke, Bambi:
      "I don't know what your agreement was, Herr Professor, but if it had money in it, cancel it. I want him to learn that lesson, too."
  3. (transitive) To mark something (such as a used postage stamp) so that it can't be reused.
    This machine cancels the letters that have a valid zip code.
  4. (transitive) To offset or equalize something.
    The corrective feedback mechanism cancels out the noise.
  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.
  7. (printing, dated) To suppress or omit; to strike out, as matter in type.
  8. (obsolete) To shut out, as with a railing or with latticework; to exclude.
  9. (slang) To kill.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:kill
    (The addition of quotations indicative of this usage is being sought:)
  10. (transitive, neologism) To cease to provide financial or moral support to (someone deemed unacceptable); to disinvite. Compare cancel culture.
    Synonyms: blacklist, deplatform; see also Thesaurus:boycott
    • 2018 June 28, Jonah Engel Bromwich, “Everyone Is Canceled”, in The New York Times[1]:
      Bill Gates is canceled. Gwen Stefani and Erykah Badu are canceled. Despite his relatively strong play in the World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo has been canceled. Taylor Swift is canceled and Common is canceled and, Wednesday, Antoni Porowski, a “Queer Eye” fan favorite was also canceled. Needless to say, Kanye West is canceled, too.
    • 2019 May 17, Christopher Hooton, “We Spoke to Joan Cornellá, the Artist Who Really Should Have Been Cancelled By Now”, in VICE[2]:
      We Spoke to Joan Cornellá, the Artist Who Really Should Have Been Cancelled By Now [title]
    • 2020 February 5, Russell Haythorn, “An explanation of ‘cancel culture’ and why it's become such a popular phenomenon”, in The Denver Channel[3]:
      You may have never heard the term "cancel culture," but you certainly know some of the faces who have been canceled. Everyone from Cosby to Matt Lauer.
    • 2020 July 3, Kristi Noem speech at Mount Rushmore transcribed by C-SPAN[4]:
      To attempt to cancel the founding generation is an attempt to cancel our own freedoms.
    • 2022 June 21, Agnes Callard, “If I Get Canceled, Let Them Eat Me Alive”, in The New York Times[5], →ISSN:
      So this is my answer: If I am being canceled, I want my friends — and this includes not only my closest associates but any people who consider themselves friendly to me — to stand by, remain silent and do nothing. If you care about me, let them eat me alive.

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Descendants[edit]

  • German: canceln
  • Gulf Arabic: ⁧كنسل(kansal)
  • Welsh: canslo

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Noun[edit]

cancel (plural cancels)

  1. (US) A cancellation.
    1. A control message posted to Usenet that serves to cancel a previously posted message.
  2. (obsolete) An enclosure; a boundary; a limit.
    • 1678, Antiquitates Christianæ: Or, the History of the Life and Death of the Holy Jesus: [], London: [] E. Flesher, and R. Norton, for R[ichard] Royston, [], →OCLC:
      A prison is but a retirement, and opportunity of serious thoughts, to a person whose spirit [] desires no enlargement beyond the cancels of the body.
  3. (printing) The suppression on striking out of matter in type, or of a printed page or pages.
  4. (printing) The page thus suppressed.
  5. (printing) The page that replaces it.

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Spanish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): (Spain) /kanˈθel/ [kãn̟ˈθel]
  • IPA(key): (Latin America) /kanˈsel/ [kãnˈsel]
  • Rhymes: -el
  • Syllabification: can‧cel

Noun[edit]

cancel m (plural canceles)

  1. partition; wall

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