Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

cancel

 - definitions and thesaurus
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
verb cancel pronunciation in British English /ˈkæns(ə)l/
Word Forms
Close
present tense
I/you/we/theycancel
he/she/itcancels
present participlecancelling
past tensecancelled
past participlecancelled

Related meanings

  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to say that something that has been arranged will not now happen

    Jackson cancelled the tour after suffering a throat infection.

    The 4.05 train has been cancelled.

    If you’re too busy to see her, I’ll phone and cancel.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to say that a legal agreement or obligation is now ended

    There has been a call for Third World debt to be cancelled.

phrasal verbs

SOLE

… a teaching method in which groups of children learn independently using a computer linked to the internet

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

bankster

a derogatory word used for referring to people in the banking and investment industry who are thought of as taking serious risks in order to increase their own earnings …

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog