Origin: 1350–1400; Middle English cancellen Related forms
< Medieval Latin cancellāre
to cross out, Latin:
to make like a lattice, derivative of cancellī
grating, plural of cancellus;
can·cel·a·ble; especially British, can·cel·la·ble, adjective
can·cel·er; especially British, can·cel·ler, noun
re·can·cel, verb (used with object), re·can·celed, re·can·cel·ing or ( especially British ) re·can·celled, re·can·cel·ling.
1. countermand, rescind. 3, 7. Cancel, delete, erase, obliterate indicate that something is no longer to be considered usable or in force. To cancel is to cross something out by stamping a mark over it, drawing lines through it, or the like: to cancel a stamp, a word. To delete is to cross something out from written matter or from matter to be printed, often in accordance with a printer's or proofreader's symbol indicating the material is to be omitted: to delete part of a line. To erase is to remove by scraping or rubbing: to erase a capital letter. To obliterate is to blot out entirely, so as to remove all sign or trace of: to obliterate a record.