unsee

verb un·see \ ˌən-ˈsē \
Updated on: 25 Nov 2017

Definition of unsee

transitive verb
1 : to fail to see (something) : to avoid seeing (something)
  • Countless people have studied the painting and never seen the hidden likeness in it. Yet, once it comes to your attention, you can't unsee it again.
  • —Kenneth Baker
2 : to forget having seen (something) : to erase the image of (something) from one's memory
  • Like at the porn expo, you see things at the poker expo you can never unsee.
  • —Bill Simmons

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First Known Use of unsee

14th century


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