cancel out

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

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To neutralize the effect of something.
    The two filters cancelled each other out.
    • 2011 January 29, Ian Hughes, “Southampton 1 - 2 Man Utd”, in BBC[1]:
      The lead was cancelled out when Owen nodded in from close range.