verb ig·nore \ig-ˈnr\

: to refuse to show that you hear or see (something or someone)

: to do nothing about or in response to (something or someone)


Full Definition of IGNORE

transitive verb
:  to refuse to take notice of
:  to reject (a bill of indictment) as ungrounded
ig·nor·able \-ˈnr-ə-bəl\ adjective
ig·nor·er noun

Examples of IGNORE

  1. She tried to ignore him but he wouldn't leave her alone.
  2. I'll ignore that last remark.
  3. If we continue to ignore these problems they will only get worse.
  4. They ignored the warning signs.

Origin of IGNORE

obsolete ignore to be ignorant of, from French ignorer, from Latin ignorare, from ignarus ignorant, unknown, from in- + gnoscere, noscere to know — more at know
First Known Use: 1801

Synonym Discussion of IGNORE

neglect, disregard, ignore, overlook, slight, forget mean to pass over without giving due attention. neglect implies giving insufficient attention to something that merits one's attention <habitually neglected his studies>. disregard suggests voluntary inattention <disregarded the wishes of his family>. ignore implies a failure to regard something obvious <ignored the snide remark>. overlook suggests disregarding or ignoring through haste or lack of care <in my rush I overlooked a key example>. slight implies contemptuous or disdainful disregarding or omitting <slighted several major authors in her survey>. forget may suggest either a willful ignoring or a failure to impress something on one's mind <forget what others say>.
IGNORE Defined for Kids


verb ig·nore \ig-ˈnr\

Definition of IGNORE for Kids

:  to pay no attention to <I ignored her rude remark.>


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