unlearn

verb un·learn \ ˌən-ˈlərn \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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

  1. It is hard to unlearn bad habits.

  2. let's hope that over the summer I don't unlearn everything I learned over the course of this past year

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First Known Use of unlearn

15th century

unlearn Synonyms

Synonyms
disremember, forget
Antonyms
flash back (to), hark back (to), harken back (to), hearken back (to), mind [chiefly dialect], recall, recollect, remember, reminisce (about), think (of)
Related Words
lose, miss; blank; misremember; disregard, ignore, neglect, overlook, overpass, pass over, slight, slur (over)
Near Antonyms
remind

UNLEARN Defined for English Language Learners

unlearn

verb

Definition of unlearn for English Language Learners

  • : to forget and stop doing (something, such as a habit) in a deliberate way because it is bad or incorrect



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