un·​learn | \ ˌən-ˈlərn How to pronounce unlearn (audio) \
unlearned; unlearning; unlearns

Definition of unlearn

transitive verb

1 : to put out of one's knowledge or memory
2 : to undo the effect of : discard the habit of

Examples of unlearn in a Sentence

It is hard to unlearn bad habits. let's hope that over the summer I don't unlearn everything I learned over the course of this past year
Recent Examples on the Web The pandemic gave people time to step back, reassess their lives, and unlearn the old ways of working. Rhett Power, Forbes, 8 May 2022 Once acquired, the park said, such conditioning is not easy to unlearn. Washington Post, 3 May 2022 Wii Sports tennis fans will need to unlearn how that old game worked to not constantly fail in NSS tennis. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 3 May 2022 Adaptability is often regarded as the key skill for success in the modern world, with Alvin Toffler famously remarking that success is largely based on our ability to learn, unlearn, and relearn. Adi Gaskell, Forbes, 9 Dec. 2021 Or, Miss Manners suggests, help your dog unlearn this particular trick. Washington Post, 15 Apr. 2022 In the thoughtful documentary Mama Bears, Daresha Kyi follows three conservative Christian families at different parts of their journeys to unlearn their homophobia and transphobia. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Mar. 2022 Give yourself permission to unlearn what doesn't serve you. Jacqueline Delgadillo, refinery29.com, 6 Mar. 2022 On the Inclusive Leadership journey, there is much to unlearn personally and professionally. Simone E. Morris, Forbes, 23 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of unlearn

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Unlearn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unlearn. Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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