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un·learn

 (ŭn-lûrn′)
tr.v. un·learned also un·learnt (-lûrnt′), un·learn·ing, un·learns
1. To put (something learned) out of the mind; forget.
2. To undo the effect of; put aside the practice of: tried to unlearn his habit of nail-biting.

unlearn

(ʌnˈlɜːn)
vb, -learns, -learning, -learned (-ˈlɜːnd) or -learnt
to try to forget (something learnt) or to discard (accumulated knowledge)

un•learn

(ʌnˈlɜrn)

v.t.
1. to forget or lose knowledge of.
2. to discard (ideas or behavior) as being false.

unlearn


Past participle: unlearned/unlearnt
Gerund: unlearning

Imperative
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Present
I unlearn
you unlearn
he/she/it unlearns
we unlearn
you unlearn
they unlearn
Preterite
I unlearned/unlearnt
you unlearned/unlearnt
he/she/it unlearned/unlearnt
we unlearned/unlearnt
you unlearned/unlearnt
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Present Continuous
I am unlearning
you are unlearning
he/she/it is unlearning
we are unlearning
you are unlearning
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Present Perfect
I have unlearned/unlearnt
you have unlearned/unlearnt
he/she/it has unlearned/unlearnt
we have unlearned/unlearnt
you have unlearned/unlearnt
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Past Continuous
I was unlearning
you were unlearning
he/she/it was unlearning
we were unlearning
you were unlearning
they were unlearning
Past Perfect
I had unlearned/unlearnt
you had unlearned/unlearnt
he/she/it had unlearned/unlearnt
we had unlearned/unlearnt
you had unlearned/unlearnt
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Future
I will unlearn
you will unlearn
he/she/it will unlearn
we will unlearn
you will unlearn
they will unlearn
Future Perfect
I will have unlearned/unlearnt
you will have unlearned/unlearnt
he/she/it will have unlearned/unlearnt
we will have unlearned/unlearnt
you will have unlearned/unlearnt
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Future Continuous
I will be unlearning
you will be unlearning
he/she/it will be unlearning
we will be unlearning
you will be unlearning
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Present Perfect Continuous
I have been unlearning
you have been unlearning
he/she/it has been unlearning
we have been unlearning
you have been unlearning
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Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been unlearning
you will have been unlearning
he/she/it will have been unlearning
we will have been unlearning
you will have been unlearning
they will have been unlearning
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been unlearning
you had been unlearning
he/she/it had been unlearning
we had been unlearning
you had been unlearning
they had been unlearning
Conditional
I would unlearn
you would unlearn
he/she/it would unlearn
we would unlearn
you would unlearn
they would unlearn
Past Conditional
I would have unlearned/unlearnt
you would have unlearned/unlearnt
he/she/it would have unlearned/unlearnt
we would have unlearned/unlearnt
you would have unlearned/unlearnt
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.unlearn - try to forgetunlearn - try to forget; put out of one's memory or knowledge
forget, bury - dismiss from the mind; stop remembering; "I tried to bury these unpleasant memories"
2.unlearn - discard something previously learnt, like an old habit
chuck out, discard, cast aside, cast away, throw away, toss away, toss out, put away, throw out, cast out, dispose, fling, toss - throw or cast away; "Put away your worries"
Translations

unlearn

[ˈʌnˈlɜːn] (unlearned or unlearnt (pt, pp)) VTdesaprender, olvidar

unlearn

vtsich (dat)abgewöhnen; habit alsoablegen
References in classic literature ?
Now my humble fear is that this double training, in language as well as in thought, imposes somewhat too heavy a burden upon the young, especially when, at the age of three years old, they are taken from the maternal care and taught to unlearn the old language -- except for the purpose of repeating it in the presence of their Mothers and Nurses -- and to learn the vocabulary and idiom of science.
I can see easily enough that if I wish to profit by this tour and come to a correct understanding of the matters of interest connected with it, I must studiously and faithfully unlearn a great many things I have somehow absorbed concerning Palestine.
D'Arnot realized now that he had made a mistake, but it seemed too late to go back and do it all over again and force Tarzan to unlearn all that he had learned, especially as they were rapidly approaching a point where they would be able to converse.
Also, to succeed at the writing game, I found I had to unlearn about everything the teachers and professors of literature of the high school and university had taught me.
Students are advised to unlearn old habits and negative thoughts to lead positive behaviors and a happier life.
Dr Rima said if people become highly dependent on social media they can unlearn skills needed in physical social situations.
With Project Unlearn we aim to spread awareness about this issue, shaking people out of their indifference towards this grim reality.
To find out more about PROJECT UNLEARN please visit http://www.
But with time and each new film role, I continue to learn, unlearn and learn again, and therefore I am clearer about who and what I am.
Although, some fans might wish they could now unlearn the answer.
Sengupta has urged management graduates to be ready to learn, unlearn and relearn what they have imbibed as a part of their studies.
It terrifies me in a completely different way and I almost had to unlearn things that I just do naturally, as Kylie.