unsee

verb
un·​see | \ ˌən-ˈsē How to pronounce unsee (audio) \
unsaw; unseeing; unsees

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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There is nothing especially private that a gentleman would have trouble unseeing. The Oregonian/oregonlive, al, "Ask Amy: They had an affair. Now he’s stalking her," 26 Apr. 2019 In the midst of all this sunlight, in the midst of all this green, there’s the temptation to unsee your more difficult visions — the darkness, the danger, the wild prickly landscapes. Claire Comstock-gay, The Cut, "Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of May 21," 21 May 2018 That said, the many representations of Trump that appear on your covers—most recently, Barry Blitt’s impossible-to-unsee riff on a very naked President—have become wearying. Sheelah Kolhatkar, The New Yorker, "The Mail," 2 Apr. 2018 Sadly, none of us can unsee former Bengal Joe Walter with his shirt off at the title game. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "Springer: What a difference a year makes for Moeller, Deer Park," 25 Mar. 2018 There is no way to unsee what No. 1 Alabama did to Vanderbilt on Saturday, punishing the Commodores 59-0 in their own stadium. Thomas Neumann, ajc, "2017 SEC Country Power Poll: Where Vanderbilt is ranked (Week 4)," 24 Sep. 2017 Though the cities occupy the same patch of land, each city’s residents discipline themselves to unsee the landscape of their neighbors’ city. Chris Hayes, The Hive, "How America Became a Colonial Leader in Its Own Cities," 19 June 2017 Though the cities occupy the same patch of land, each city’s residents discipline themselves to unsee the landscape of their neighbors’ city. Chris Hayes, The Hive, "How America Became a Colonial Leader in Its Own Cities," 19 June 2017 Though the cities occupy the same patch of land, each city’s residents discipline themselves to unsee the landscape of their neighbors’ city. Chris Hayes, The Hive, "How America Became a Colonial Leader in Its Own Cities," 19 June 2017

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First Known Use of unsee

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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