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Can I say:

We zero out the meeting because we knew it was going to be a failure.

Can I substitute "cancel" by "zero out?"

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I'm afraid you cannot!

Zero out has two meanings.

zeroing out the meeting sounds strange to me. I mean though zero out may mean 'cancel', it's not a synonym to be replaced.


As zero out may not work, you may need some other alternative.

I may say -

We called off the meeting as we knew that it was not going to be fruitful.

Note: failure sounds harsh to me in such context.

  • Another suggestion to replace failure: We called off the meeting because we knew it was going to be a waste of time. – J.R. Dec 14 '15 at 8:45
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You can, but it would be:

We cancelled the meeting because we knew it was going to be a failure.

Cancelled can (but does not directly) suggest a reschedule, as where to zero out something out tends to be a bit more final. But the two can be used quite interchangeably.

Cancelled is much more common.

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