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English noun: cancel

1. cancel (communication) a notation cancelling a previous sharp or flat


Synonymsnatural


Broader (hypernym)musical notation


English verb: cancel

1. cancel (social) postpone indefinitely or annul something that was scheduled


SamplesCall off the engagement.
Cancel the dinner party.
We had to scrub our vacation plans.
Scratch that meeting--the chair is ill.


Synonymscall off, scratch, scrub


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Entailschedule

2. cancel (stative) make up for


SamplesHis skills offset his opponent's superior strength.


Synonymsoffset, set off


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)balance, equilibrate, equilibrise, equilibrize


Narrower (hyponym)counteract, counterbalance, countervail, neutralize

3. cancel (social) declare null and void; make ineffective


SamplesCancel the election results.
Strike down a law.


Synonymsstrike down


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)adjudge, declare, hold


Narrower (hyponym)annul, annul, avoid, countermand, invalidate, lift, nullify, overturn, quash, recall, remit, repeal, rescind, reverse, revoke, vacate, void, write off

4. cancel (contact) remove or make invisible


SamplesPlease delete my name from your list.


Synonymsdelete


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)remove, take, take away, withdraw


Narrower (hyponym)efface, erase, excise, expunge, rub out, score out, scratch, strike, wipe off

5. cancel (communication) make invalid for use


SamplesCancel cheques or tickets.


Synonymsinvalidate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)mark, score









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