cancel out

cancel out
verb
wipe out the effect of something (Freq. 3)
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The new tax effectively cancels out my raise

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The `A' will cancel out the `C' on your record

Syn: ↑wipe out
Derivationally related forms: ↑wipeout (for: ↑wipe out)
Hypernyms: ↑extinguish, ↑eliminate, ↑get rid of, ↑do away with
Verb Frames:
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Something ——s something

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ˌcancel ˈout [intransitive/transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they cancel out he/she/it cancels out present participle cancelling out past tense cancelled out past participle cancelled out] phrasal verb
to stop something from having any effect

Our votes will cancel each other out.

Thesaurus: to have a bad effect, or to reduce a good effectsynonym
Main entry: cancel

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cancel out [phrasal verb]
cancel out (something) or cancel (something) 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.

The two arguments cancel each other out.

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Main Entry:cancel

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ˌcancel ˈout | ˌcancel sthˈout derived
if two or more things cancel out or one cancels out the other, they are equally important but have an opposite effect on a situation so that the situation does not change

Recent losses have cancelled out any profits made at the start of the year.

The advantages and disadvantages would appear to

cancel each other out

.

Main entry:cancelderived

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