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Postpone vs. Cancel

Postpone and Cancel Definitions

Postpone

To cause or arrange for (an event) to take place at a time later than the time at which it was originally supposed to happen.

Cancel

To annul or invalidate
Cancel a credit card.

Postpone

To delay or put off an event, appointment, etc.

Cancel

To decide or announce that (a planned or scheduled event) will not take place, especially with no intention of holding it at a later time
Cancel a picnic.
Cancel a soccer game.

Postpone

(obsolete) To place after in order; to deem less important.

Cancel

To cross out with lines or other markings.
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Postpone

To defer to a future or later time; to put off; also, to cause to be deferred or put off; to delay; to adjourn; as, to postpone the consideration of a bill to the following day, or indefinitely.
His praise postponed, and never to be paid.

Cancel

To mark or perforate (a postage stamp or check, for example) to indicate that it may not be used again.

Postpone

To place after, behind, or below something, in respect to precedence, preference, value, or importance.
All other considerations should give way and be postponed to this.

Cancel

To neutralize or equalize; offset
Today's decline in stock price canceled out yesterday's gain.

Postpone

Hold back to a later time;
Let's postpone the exam

Cancel

To remove (a common factor) from the numerator and denominator of a fractional expression.
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Cancel

To remove (a common factor or term) from both sides of an equation or inequality.

Cancel

To neutralize one another; counterbalance
Two opposing forces that canceled out.

Cancel

The act or an instance of canceling; a cancellation.

Cancel

(transitive) To cross out something with lines etc.

Cancel

(transitive) To invalidate or annul something.
He cancelled his order on their website.

Cancel

(transitive) To mark something (such as a used postage stamp) so that it can't be reused.
This machine cancels the letters that have a valid zip code.
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Cancel

(transitive) To offset or equalize something.
The corrective feedback mechanism cancels out the noise.

Cancel

To remove a common factor from both the numerator and denominator of a fraction, or from both sides of an equation.

Cancel

To stop production of a programme.

Cancel

To suppress or omit; to strike out, as matter in type.

Cancel

(obsolete) To shut out, as with a railing or with latticework; to exclude.

Cancel

(slang) To kill.

Cancel

To cease to provide financial or moral support to (someone deemed unacceptable). Compare cancel culture.

Cancel

A cancellation (US); (nonstandard in some kinds of English).

Cancel

A control message posted to Usenet that serves to cancel a previously posted message.

Cancel

(obsolete) An enclosure; a boundary; a limit.

Cancel

(printing) The suppression on striking out of matter in type, or of a printed page or pages.

Cancel

(printing) The page thus suppressed.

Cancel

(printing) The page that replaces it.

Cancel

To inclose or surround, as with a railing, or with latticework.
A little obscure place canceled in with iron work is the pillar or stump at which . . . our Savior was scourged.

Cancel

To shut out, as with a railing or with latticework; to exclude.

Cancel

To cross and deface, as the lines of a writing, or as a word or figure; to mark out by a cross line; to blot out or obliterate.
A deed may be avoided by delivering it up to be cancelled; that is, to have lines drawn over it in the form of latticework or cancelli; though the phrase is now used figuratively for any manner of obliterating or defacing it.

Cancel

To annul or destroy; to revoke or recall.
The indentures were canceled.
He was unwilling to cancel the interest created through former secret services, by being refractory on this occasion.

Cancel

To suppress or omit; to strike out, as matter in type.

Cancel

An inclosure; a boundary; a limit.
A prison is but a retirement, and opportunity of serious thoughts, to a person whose spirit . . . desires no enlargement beyond the cancels of the body.

Cancel

The suppression or striking out of matter in type, or of a printed page or pages.

Cancel

A notation cancelling a previous sharp or flat

Cancel

Postpone indefinitely or annul something that was scheduled;
Call off the engagement
Cancel the dinner party

Cancel

Make up for;
His skills offset his opponent's superior strength

Cancel

Declare null and void; make ineffective;
Cancel the election results
Strike down a law

Cancel

Remove or make invisible;
Please delete my name from your list

Cancel

Of cheques or tickets

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