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cancel

Pronunciation: /ˈkænsəl/
(British English/inglés británico) -ll-

Translation of cancel in Spanish:

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1 1.1 [meeting/match/trip/flight] cancelar
    Example sentences
    • Great Yorkshire Show organisers have denied any plans to cancel this year's event because of the foot and mouth crisis.
    • It was then decided in 2001 to cancel these annual events completely.
    • All political parties have decided to cancel all debate on the euro, but to proceed with the referendum.
    1.2 [order/subscription/debt] cancelar; [command/decree] anular 1.3 [indicator] [Cars/Automovilismo] apagar*
  • 3 (delete) [word/number/passage] tachar, suprimir
    Example sentences
    • Insurance underwriters have given notice that they will cancel war liabilities from midnight on Monday.
    • Faced with two debtors, neither of whom could repay the loan, the creditor decided to cancel both obligations.
    • Finally, the above classifications relate to promissory conditions but there may also be contingent conditions which either suspend or cancel contractual liability.
  • 4 [Computing/Informática] cancelar
    Example sentences
    • The bank had agreed to keep the accounts separate, and if it wished to cancel this arrangement in view of the changed circumstances, it had to give notice to the customer.
    • You can cancel the arrangement at any time should your circumstances change.
    • Jefri would cancel the tender process if he found that companies were being manipulated by legislative council members.
    Example sentences
    • If both the numerator and denominator have common factors, then we can cancel these factors out.
    • All of the numerators will be factors of the numerator of the product and all of the denominators will be factors of the denominator of the product, so you can cancel out any factor of anything in a numerator with any factor of anything in a denominator.
    • Just as numbers cancel out when the same number is on the top and bottom of a fraction (2/2 = 2 ÷ 2 = 1), so do units cancel out if you have the same unit in the numerator and denominator.

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • 1.1 (call off) he canceled at the last minute a último momento canceló la cita ( or el viaje etc) 1.2 (revoke) what will we do if they cancel? ¿qué vamos a hacer si cancelan el pedido ( or la reserva etc)?

Phrasal verbs

cancel out

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
1.1 [Mathematics/Matemáticas] anular 1.2 (offset) [deficit/loss] compensar; [debt] cancelar those advantages are canceled out by the practical difficulties las dificultades de orden práctico anulan esas ventajas

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