transitive verb Date: 15th century 1. to put out of one's knowledge or memory 2. to undo the effect of ; discard the habit of

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  • Unlearn — Un*learn , v. t. [1st pref. un + learn.] [1913 Webster] 1. To forget, as what has been learned; to lose from memory; also, to learn the contrary of. [1913 Webster] I had learned nothing right; I had to unlearn everything. Milner. [1913 Webster] 2 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • unlearn — [unlʉrn′] vt., vi. [ME unlernen: see UN & LEARN] to forget or try to forget (something learned); get rid of (a habit) …   English World dictionary

  • unlearn — [[t]ʌ̱nlɜ͟ː(r)n[/t]] unlearns, unlearning, unlearned VERB If you unlearn something that you have learned, you try to forget it or ignore it, often because it is wrong or it is having a bad influence on you. [V n] They learn new roles and unlearn… …   English dictionary

  • unlearn — UK [ʌnˈlɜː(r)n] / US [ʌnˈlɜrn] verb [transitive] Word forms unlearn : present tense I/you/we/they unlearn he/she/it unlearns present participle unlearning past tense unlearnt past participle unlearnt informal to change the way that you have… …   English dictionary

  • unlearn — /un lerrn /, v.t. 1. to forget or lose knowledge of. 2. to discard or put aside certain knowledge as being false or binding: to unlearn preconceptions. v.i. 3. to lose or discard knowledge. [1400 50; late ME unlernen. See UN 2, LEARN] * * * …   Universalium

  • unlearn — verb /ʌnˈləːn,ʌnˈlɝn/ To discard the knowledge of. It was another lesson from Fort Hare that I had to unlearn in Johannesburg …   Wiktionary

  • unlearn — un|learn [ʌnˈlə:n US ə:rn] v past tense and past participle unlearned or unlearnt [ ˈlə:nt US ˈlə:rnt] [T] informal to deliberately forget something you have learned, in order to change the way you do something ▪ It s difficult to unlearn bad… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • unlearn — verb (T) informal to deliberately forget something you have learned: It s difficult to unlearn bad driving habits …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • unlearn — un|learn [ ʌn lɜrn ] verb transitive INFORMAL to change the way you have learned to think or do things, usually because that way is not good or useful …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • unlearn — un learn || ‚ʌnlÉœrn / lɜːn v. put out of one s memory; learn the opposite of what was previously learned …   English contemporary dictionary

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