cancel out

Definition of cancel out

  1. :  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

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

    :  to bring to nothingness :  destroy

    :  to match in force or effect :  offset

  1. :  cancellation

    :  a deleted part or passage

    :  a leaf containing matter to be deleted

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

    :  outside

    :  from among others

  1. :  eject, oust

    :  to identify publicly as being such secretly

    :  to identify as being a closet homosexual

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

  1. :  situated outside :  external

    :  out-of-bounds

    :  situated at a distance :  outlying

  1. :  outside

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

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

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quaintly unconventional or refined

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