Definition of unsay in English:

unsay

verbunsays, unsaying, unsaid

[with object]
  • Withdraw or retract (a statement)

    ‘once something has been said, it cannot be unsaid’
    ‘I cannot unsay it now’
    • ‘Despite much mature retrospection, I can't unsay those mean comments to Mom, undo what 18 years of smoking did to my lungs, nor unwrite the cringe-inducing history of my high school social life.’
    • ‘I realised that I could get away with unsaying those words.’
    • ‘Because once everything's been said about a subject what is left for new writers but the pleasure of unsaying it all?’
    • ‘However, no sooner had the parliament spoken than there were attempts to unsay its words.’
    • ‘Ballmer now, however, seems to be going some way to unsaying this.’
    • ‘‘In a book, once you say things, you can't unsay them,’ Witeck warns.’
    • ‘Her eyes sidled up to Herr Bormann, who was perusing his fork, with such intent that she wished she could unsay her words.’
    • ‘I kept thinking, oh my God, I am way out of my depth, but, I just couldn't unsay it.’
    • ‘Second, we must revoke it - that is, unsay or cancel it.’
    • ‘I hope that none of us, even after the end of the metaphysics of the subject, would want to entirely unsay that old Mozartian thought, or fail to appreciate the art that made it possible.’
    • ‘After all, I didn't have a time machine, and I couldn't unsay what I had said, though what I had said was one of those things that clearly required erasing.’
    • ‘Amy wished that she could unsay what she had just said, but couldn't help feel what she had said was right.’
    • ‘Gill may have recanted, but what's said cannot be unsaid, and Ferguson must now deal with the notion that his future is more publicly on the agenda.’
    • ‘I've always thought this and I've never unsaid a word of it.’
    • ‘Does he not realise how words said are hard to be unsaid.’
    • ‘Oprah proved herself a worthy word queen by recognizing that what has been said cannot be unsaid.’
    • ‘The arguments they have put forward are known to the HLF and can't be unsaid.’
    • ‘A lot was said during that divisive leadership campaign which cannot be unsaid.’
    • ‘The things he'd said couldn't be unsaid, not with a million apologies… She'd been basing the last few months of her life on a lie.’
    • ‘The three words silently reverberated in the air, wanting to be taken back but Val knew it couldn't be unsaid.’
    take back, withdraw, unsay, recant, disown, disavow, disclaim, abjure, repudiate, renounce, reverse, revoke, rescind, annul, cancel, go back on, backtrack on, do a U-turn on, row back on

Pronunciation

unsay

/ʌnˈseɪ/