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English definition of “cancel sth out”

cancel sth out

phrasal verb with cancel     /ˈkæn.səl/ verb (-ll- or US usually -l-)
to remove the effect of one thing by doing another thing that has the opposite effect : This month's pay cheque will cancel out his debt , but it won't give him any extra money .Destroying and demolishingDamaging and spoiling
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