un·​say | \ ˌən-ˈsā How to pronounce unsay (audio) , Southern also -ˈse \
unsaid\ ˌən-​ˈsed How to pronounce unsaid (audio) \; unsaying\ ˌən-​ˈsā-​iŋ How to pronounce unsaying (audio) \

Definition of unsay

transitive verb

: to make as if not said : recant, retract

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Examples of unsay in a Sentence

the witness tried to unsay the very testimony that he had given a few days earlier
Recent Examples on the Web But Mr Ryan left unsaid the other way in which his Speakership leaves him painfully alone. The Economist, "Paul Ryan’s retirement suggests his brand of conservatism has lost," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of unsay

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Unsay.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsay. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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