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English noun: cancel

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


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


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.


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.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)mark, score

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