cancel out

phrasal verb [intransitive/transitive]
Word forms "cancel out":
present tense I/you/we/they cancel out he/she/it cancels out present participle cancelling out past tense cancelled out past participle cancelled out
to stop something from having any effect

Our votes will cancel each other out.


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • cancel out — Cancel means to cross out, to offset, to delete. Therefore out is not needed and should be canceled from this tiresomely overused and wordy expression: This order will cancel (not cancel out) our plans …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • cancel out — index annul, counteract, countervail, neutralize Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • cancel out — verb wipe out the effect of something (Freq. 3) The new tax effectively cancels out my raise The A will cancel out the C on your record • Syn: ↑wipe out • Derivationally related forms: ↑wipeout (for: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • cancel out — {v.} To destroy the effect of; balance or make useless. * /The boy got an A in history to cancel out the C he got in arithmetic./ * /Our track team won the mile relay to cancel out the other team s advantage in winning the half mile relay./ *… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • cancel out — {v.} To destroy the effect of; balance or make useless. * /The boy got an A in history to cancel out the C he got in arithmetic./ * /Our track team won the mile relay to cancel out the other team s advantage in winning the half mile relay./ *… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • cancel\ out — v To destroy the effect of; balance or make useless. The boy got an A in history to cancel out the C he got in arithmetic. Our track team won the mile relay to cancel out the other team s advantage in winning the half mile relay. Tom s hot temper …   Словарь американских идиом

  • cancel out — phr verb Cancel out is used with these nouns as the object: ↑effect …   Collocations dictionary

  • cancel out — PHRASAL VERB If one thing cancels out another thing, the two things have opposite effects, so that when they are combined no real effect is produced. [V n P] He wonders if the different influences might not cancel each other out... [V n P] The… …   English dictionary

  • cancel out — /ˌkænsəl aυt/ verb (of two things) to balance each other or act against each other so that there is no change in the existing situation ● The two clauses cancel each other out. ● Higher costs have cancelled out the increased sales revenue …   Dictionary of banking and finance

  • cancel out — Syn: neutralize, negate, nullify, wipe out, balance (out), make up for, compensate for, offset …   Synonyms and antonyms dictionary

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