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[uhn-lurn] /ʌnˈlɜrn/
verb (used with object)
to forget or lose knowledge of.
to discard or put aside certain knowledge as being false or binding:
to unlearn preconceptions.
verb (used without object)
to lose or discard knowledge.
Origin of unlearn
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English unlernen. See un-2, learn Unabridged
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  • It seems he cannot unlearn his less-educated ideas as to how science works or what it is for.
  • To work here, he's had to learn new techniques and unlearn some others to fit in.
  • We need urgently to help them unlearn what they're learning through the violence they see.
British Dictionary definitions for unlearn


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