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Princeton's WordNet

  1. unlearnverb

    try to forget; put out of one's memory or knowledge

  2. unlearnverb

    discard something previously learnt, like an old habit


  1. unlearnverb

    To discard the knowledge of.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Unlearnverb

    To forget, or disuse what has been learned.

    Antisthenes, being asked of one, what learning was most necessary for man’s life? answered, to unlearn that which is naught. Francis Bacon.

    This were to imply, that all books in being should be destroyed; and that all the age should take new pains to unlearn those habits which have cost them so much labour. William Holder.

    The government of the tongue is a piece of morality which sober nature dictates, which yet our greatest scholars have unlearnt. Decay of Piety.

    Some cyders have by art, or age, unlearn’d
    Their genuine relish, and of sundry wines
    Assum’d the flavour. Philips.

    What they thus learned from him in one way, they did not unlearn again in another. Francis Atterbury.

    A wicked man is not only obliged to learn to do well, but unlearn his former life. John Rogers, Sermons.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Unlearnverb

    to forget, as what has been learned; to lose from memory; also, to learn the contrary of

  2. Unlearnverb

    to fail to learn

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Unlearn

    un-lėrn′, v.t. to forget or lose what has been learned.—v.i. to become ignorant.—adj. Unlear′ned, not learned: ignorant.—adv. Unlear′nedly.—n. Unlear′nedness.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of unlearn in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of unlearn in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of unlearn in a Sentence

  1. Sanita Belgrave:

    Academia implores you to unlearn then relearn as you climb the ladder of knowledge, creating a thin line between the truth and evidence.

  2. Susan Courtney:

    We know that habits are hard to suppress on their own, often the most effective way to unlearn a habit is to replace it with a new one.

  3. Purvi Raniga:

    The magic lies within. To Heal yourself. To nurture yourself. To Empower and to dream. To learn and unlearn. To manifest your dreams. To thank for everything. The magic lies within.

  4. Seneca:

    The mind is slow to unlearn what it learnt early.

  5. Dossie Easton:

    Sexual jealousy is supposed to be somehow unconquerable and immovable, but that is a myth. It's really serious emotional work to unlearn jealousy and cultivate other ways to feel secure in a relationship, but it's possible. I've been doing it in my practice for the past 20 years and in my own life since 1969.

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  • 習うJapanese
  • DEDISCOLatin
  • оту́чиваться, разу́чиваться, отучи́ться, разучи́тьсяRussian
  • 忘记Chinese

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