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English definition of “cancel”

cancel

verb [I/T]  /ˈkæn·səl/ (-l-, -ll-) us  
to decide that something arranged in advance will not happen, or to state that you do not wish to receive something: [I] We were supposed to meet for dinner but Elise had to cancel at the last minute. If a stamp or check is canceled, it is marked to show it has been used: [T] He collects canceled stamps.
cancellation
noun [C/U]  /ˌkæn·səˈleɪ·ʃən/ us  
[C] All the tickets were sold, so we waited to see if there were any cancellations.
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