Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English


English definition of “cancel sth out”

cancel sth out

phrasal verb with cancel     /ˈkænsəl/ verb [T] (present participle mainly UK cancelling, past tense and past participle cancelled, present participle US canceling, past tense and past participle canceled)
If something cancels out another thing, it stops it from having any effect .Preventing and impedingLimiting and restricting
(Definition of cancel sth out from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

Definitions of “cancel sth out” in other dictionaries

Translations of “cancel sth out”

Word of the Day


a good knowledge of something, or the fact that you know it so well

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More