[ uhn-sey ]
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verb (used with object),un·said, un·say·ing.
  1. to withdraw (something said), as if it had never been said; retract.

Origin of unsay

First recorded in 1425–75, unsay is from the late Middle English word unsayen.See un-2, say1

Words Nearby unsay

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How to use unsay in a sentence

  • Thus Foley massaged a deal with the first George Bush to unsay his 1988 pledge: "Read my lips- no new taxes."

    The Indispensible Nancy Pelosi | Robert Shrum | March 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • You will not pretend to unsay what you have said,” cried her eldest sister: “that would be making things worse.

    Nature and Art | Mrs. Inchbald
  • Naomi regretted her words next moment; but it was too late to unsay them.

    The Boss of Taroomba | E. W. Hornung
  • I have to unsay everything I said in criticism of that lovely poem.

  • He could not unsay what he had said, and to attempt to trim would only provoke her scorn.

    The Squire's Daughter | Silas K(itto) Hocking
  • But all the armies and statecraft of Europe cannot unsay what you have said.

    A Cynic Looks at Life | Ambrose Bierce

British Dictionary definitions for unsay


/ (ʌnˈseɪ) /

verb-says, -saying or -said
  1. (tr) to retract or withdraw (something said or written)

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