To cancel something is to stop it from happening.

simplepastpast participle
  • Our flight was cancelled due to bad weather.
  • Classes were cancelled because of a shooting at the school. (The first two sentence are in the passive voice, past tense.)
  • I’m cancelling my internet service because the provider of the service is terrible.
  • Jeremy cancelled his vacation as he slowly realized he didn’t have enough money to pay for it.
  • Theresa cancelled her appointment with the doctor because her foot–which had been hurting her–no longer hurt.
  • The remainder of the camping trip was cancelled after several days of heavy rain.

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The word "cancellation" is a noun:

  • The hotel had many cancellations following news of expected hurricanes.
  • The last-minute cancellation of a flight to France, upended Tanya’s vacation plans.
  • We won’t be able to reserve a table at the restaurant unless there’s a cancellation.

The word "cancelled" can be used as an adjective:

  • Bad weather resulted in several cancelled flights.
  • Sickness among the performers lead to cancelled concert dates.
  • Cancelled orders hurt the company’s bottom line so much that it went out of business.

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May 4, 2018