cancel out

phrasal verb

canceled out or cancelled out; canceling out or cancelling out; cancels 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.

Examples of cancel out in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Smith equalized on 50 minutes with a fine left-footed strike from the edge of the box and calmly added a second later in the half, only for Leon’s spot kick to cancel out the USA’s narrow advantage. George Ramsay, CNN, 10 Apr. 2024 These versions of chai often contain high amounts of sugar, which will cancel out any of those health benefits the tea offers, Crumble Smith warns. Clare Mulroy, USA TODAY, 18 Mar. 2024 Miss Manners does not believe that the wife’s rudeness cancels out past kindnesses, but you are now equals — as members and adults. Jacobina Martin, Washington Post, 28 Feb. 2024 In Seattle, locking the clock on daylight saving time would push sunrise to after 8:30 a.m. for more than two months of the year—cancelling out the recent bell changes made by Seattle public schools. TIME, 9 Mar. 2024 City teammate Rodri was able to somewhat spare Haaland’s blushes by rescuing a point for the league champion, his late effort canceling out Raheem Sterling’s opener for Chelsea. Ben Church, CNN, 18 Feb. 2024 On the field on Sunday, Paulo Dybala converted a penalty for Roma to cancel out Teun Koopmeiners' early opener. Daniella Matar, USA TODAY, 7 Jan. 2024 The idea was that companies could cancel out some of their pollution by paying to protect forests that naturally absorb CO2. Justine Calma, The Verge, 20 Feb. 2024 With heated rollers and three different strengths, this massager will pummel out knots and cancel out any need for a trip to the spa. Melissa Epifano, Peoplemag, 1 Feb. 2024

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“Cancel out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cancel%20out. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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