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

Examples of unsee in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Now settled in downtown L.A. and clean from drugs for 11 years, War can’t unsee the homeless. Beth Wood Writer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Aug. 2021 Once the observation is made, unless the behavior has resolved itself, the leader can’t unsee it. Lee Meadows, Forbes, 21 June 2021 Here, again, was doubt offered up as a reason to unsee the obvious. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, 26 Feb. 2021 These icky eyeballs that'll folks will never unsee Beware the evil eye—all nine of them! Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, 29 Aug. 2020 There is nothing especially private that a gentleman would have trouble unseeing. The Oregonian/oregonlive, al, 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, 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, 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, 25 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of unsee

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Unsee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsee. Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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