unsay

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From un- +‎ say.

Verb[edit]

unsay (third-person singular simple present unsays, present participle unsaying, simple past and past participle unsaid)

  1. To withdraw, retract (something said).
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby-Dick:
      And in the first place, you will be so good as to unsay that story about selling his head, which if true I take to be good evidence that this harpooneer is stark mad [...].
  2. To not have said (since this is physically impossible usually in the subjunctive, as I wish I could unsay).
    There are somethings I'd like to unsay... to my boss... right before he decided to fire me.

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