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"cancel" in British English

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cancelverb

uk   us   /ˈkæn.səl/ (-ll- or US usually -l-)
B1 [I or T] to ​decide that an ​organizedevent will not ​happen, or to ​stop an ​order for ​goods or ​services that you no ​longerwant: They had to cancel tomorrow's ​game because of the ​badweather. The 7.10 ​train to Budapest has been cancelled. to cancel a ​magazinesubscription [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)

"cancel" in American English

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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)

"cancel" in Business English

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cancelverb [I or T]

uk   us   /ˈkænsəl/ (-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 ​legalagreement 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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