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verb (used with object)
  1. to forget or lose knowledge of.
  2. to discard or put aside certain knowledge as being false or binding: to unlearn preconceptions.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to lose or discard knowledge.
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Origin of unlearn

First recorded in 1400–50, unlearn is from the late Middle English word unlernen. See un-2, learn
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verb -learns, -learning, -learned (-ˈlɜːnd) or -learnt
  1. to try to forget (something learnt) or to discard (accumulated knowledge)
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