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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
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Preterite
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Present Continuous
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Present Perfect
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Past Continuous
I was unlearning
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Past Perfect
I had unlearned/unlearnt
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Future
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Future Perfect
I will have unlearned/unlearnt
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Future Continuous
I will be unlearning
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Present Perfect Continuous
I have been unlearning
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Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been unlearning
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Past Perfect Continuous
I had been unlearning
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Conditional
I would unlearn
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Past Conditional
I 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 ?
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.
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.
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.
This argument brings to light the fact that firms need to somehow unlearn routines and old practices in order to learn better and more adequate ways to do things.
Although there are natural cures for panic and anxiety attacks such as natural herbs they simply offer you short-lived reduction because the secret is unlearn this behavour rather than manage it using drugs or herbal treatments.
In a November 2016 blog post, educator Greg Whitby wrote, "The first step is to recognize that as a profession (and society) we need to unlearn what we know about schooling to relearn how to do schooling in a very different way.
Each generation of artists feels the need to unlearn the protocols of the previous generation.
To complete a successful workplace transformation you must unlearn what you know as the typical workplace.
What are some of the behaviors we all need to unlearn to become effective leaders?
She had to unlearn certain things in acting to deliver what their director asked of her.
The underlying theme is that Africans must join together to unlearn what colonialism has taught and redraw the borders in the continent.
Students are advised to unlearn old habits and negative thoughts to lead positive behaviors and a happier life.