cancel out

phrasal verb
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of cancel out

: to reduce the effect of (something) : to be equal to (something) in force or importance but have an opposite effect
  • The costs cancel out the benefits.

Word by Word Definitions

cancel play
  1. : to call off usually without expectation of conducting or performing at a later time

  2. : to destroy the force, effectiveness, or validity of : annul

  3. : to match in force or effect : offset

  1. : cancellation

  2. : a deleted part or passage

  3. : a leaf containing matter to be deleted

out play
  1. : in a direction away from the inside or center

  2. : outside

  3. : from among others

  1. : eject, oust

  2. : to identify publicly as being such secretly

  3. : to become publicly known

  1. used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. : situated outside : external

  2. : out-of-bounds

  3. : situated at a distance : outlying

  1. : outside

  2. : one who is out of office or power or on the outside

  3. : an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball

  1. : in a manner that exceeds or surpasses and sometimes overpowers or defeats


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