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"cancel" in British English

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cancelverb

uk   /ˈkæn.səl/ us   /ˈkæn.səl/ -ll- or US usually -l-
B1 [I or T] to decide that an organized event will not happen, or to stop an order for goods or services that you no longer want: They had to cancel tomorrow's game because of the bad weather. The 7.10 train to Budapest has been cancelled. to cancel a magazine subscription
[T] to mark a stamp to show that it has been used and cannot be used again

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(Definition of cancel from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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cancelverb [I/T]

us   /ˈkæn·səl/ -l-, -ll-
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] us   /ˌkæn·səˈleɪ·ʃən/
[C] All the tickets were sold, so we waited to see if there were any cancellations.
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(Definition of cancel from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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cancelverb [I or T]

uk   /ˈkænsəl/ us   -ll-, US usually -l-
to decide that something that has been arranged will not happen: cancel a flight/meeting/trip When a flight is cancelled, an airline is obliged to provide alternative transport or a refund. "I canceled at the last minute,'' he said.
LAW to officially end a legal agreement or responsibility: cancel a contract/debt/obligation Leaders pledged to cancel the debt of the world’s most indebted countries.
LAW, BANKING to mark a cheque or other document to show that it has been used and cannot be used again: Consumers who need a canceled check to prove that they made a payment can ask for a copy.
COMMERCE to stop an order for goods or services that you no longer want or need: Protesters are urging the government to cancel the order for the new weapons system.
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(Definition of cancel from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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