Definition of unsay in US English:

unsay

verbunsaying, unsaid, unsays

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

    • ‘Ballmer now, however, seems to be going some way to unsaying this.’
    • ‘I realised that I could get away with unsaying those words.’
    • ‘However, no sooner had the parliament spoken than there were attempts to unsay its words.’
    • ‘Amy wished that she could unsay what she had just said, but couldn't help feel what she had said was right.’
    • ‘Because once everything's been said about a subject what is left for new writers but the pleasure of unsaying it all?’
    • ‘The arguments they have put forward are known to the HLF and can't be unsaid.’
    • ‘Does he not realise how words said are hard to 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘In a book, once you say things, you can't unsay them,’ Witeck warns.’
    • ‘The three words silently reverberated in the air, wanting to be taken back but Val knew it couldn't be unsaid.’
    • ‘I kept thinking, oh my God, I am way out of my depth, but, I just couldn't unsay it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Second, we must revoke it - that is, unsay or cancel it.’
    • ‘A lot was said during that divisive leadership campaign which cannot be unsaid.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Her eyes sidled up to Herr Bormann, who was perusing his fork, with such intent that she wished she could unsay her words.’
    • ‘Oprah proved herself a worthy word queen by recognizing that what has been said cannot be unsaid.’
    • ‘I've always thought this and I've never unsaid a word of it.’
    take back, withdraw, 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
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Pronunciation

unsay

/ˌənˈsā//ˌənˈseɪ/