disregard

verb
dis·​re·​gard | \ ˌdis-ri-ˈgärd \
disregarded; disregarding; disregards

Definition of disregard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to pay no attention to : treat as unworthy of regard or notice Please disregard what I said in my last e-mail. He disregarded her advice.

disregard

noun

Definition of disregard (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act of treating someone or something as unworthy of regard or notice : the state of being disregarded (see disregard entry 1) : neglect showed a complete disregard for the rules

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Other Words from disregard

Noun

disregardful \ ˌdis-​ri-​ˈgärd-​fəl \ adjective

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Verb

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

Examples of disregard in a Sentence

Verb

Please disregard what I said before. He disregarded his father's advice and left school. Some students completely disregard the rules of the school.

Noun

They treated the rules with complete disregard. revelers firing guns in the air with complete disregard for the possible consequences
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Her superiors ignored her recommendations and her subordinates disregarded her orders. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "‘Liberated Spirits’ Review: When Alcohol Was a Women’s Issue," 25 Oct. 2018 In a recent hearing, San Mateo County Judge V. Raymond Swope was incensed that his order was disregarded and ordered that the devices of both Kramer and his lawyer, Thomas Scaramellino, be handed over for forensic inspection. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Facebook also let dating apps have further access to Graph API back in 2015," 5 Dec. 2018 There is emits subtle vibrations to fool the brain into disregarding the motion signals making a person sick. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "A New Electronic Device Could Cure the Military's Big Motion Sickness Problem," 22 Nov. 2018 Before his sentencing, Saucier and his attorney made a similar argument that was eventually disregarded by a judge who sentenced him for what was perceived as a lack of judgment rather than an attempt to thwart national security. Nicholas Rondinone, courant.com, "In Lawsuit Citing Clinton Email Probe, Groton Sailor Pardoned By Trump Seeks $20M In Damages," 13 July 2018 Getty Images If true, this is yet another way that women’s bodies are routinely disregarded and devalued as a matter of policy. Jennifer Weiss-wolf, Marie Claire, "Representative Sean Patrick Maloney Says a House Panel Wouldn't Fund Tampons For His Office," 29 June 2018 However, Levin said if the time element is disregarded, Jones looks more like a textbook case of a mass murderer rather than a serial or spree killer. Bayan Wang, azcentral, "Scottsdale-area murders: Was this the work of a serial killer?," 5 June 2018 Veganism, being so largely Eurocentric and animal-centered, seems to disregard advocacy for the trauma and injustices experienced by folks of color. Amy Quichiz, SELF, "10 Vegans of Color on What Being Vegan Means to Them," 6 Jan. 2019 Guys are socialized to disregard their health, safety, and lives in pursuit of a greater cause — whether that’s fighting crime in New York, or extracting oil. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "Daredevil’s ‘suffering makes a man’ trope is common, familiar, and bad for everyone," 24 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Much has been made of Trump’s disregard for diplomats. New York Times, "10 New Books We Recommend This Week," 31 May 2018 Almost weirder than Jughead’s casual disregard for his own life is Betty’s total lack of reaction to it later on—the two of them are cracking jokes about it at Veronica’s speakeasy! Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 6 Craziest Things That Happened On Riverdale Tonight," 25 Oct. 2018 Respect for craftsmanship, tradition, and prime materials is matched by a conspicuous disregard for the ephemera of trends, both on the part of father and son, and the artisans who have joined their studio over the years. Maria Shollenbarger, ELLE Decor, "An Italian Design Firm Transforms Discreet-but-Luxe Kitchens with a Timeless Florentine Aesthetic," 18 Oct. 2018 Along with other statements Trump had made on the matter, the tweets revealed the administration's disregard for what was an unconstitutional violation of religious freedom, critics of the travel ban claimed. Brian Fung, chicagotribune.com, "Supreme Court's travel ban ruling could have big implications for Trump's Twitter account," 26 June 2018 That's on display from Day 1, and to many, Bush - compared with Trump's tweets, tantrums and general disregard for truth - looks like a scholar and a gentleman. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Donald Trump may be best thing that ever happened to George W. Bush," 13 May 2018 British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson called Russia’s involvement ‘‘an egregious example of the Kremlin’s disregard for innocent life’’ and called on Moscow to cooperate fully with the investigation. BostonGlobe.com, "Netherlands, Australia hold Russia liable for downing Malaysian plane," 25 May 2018 What raised eyebrows even among supporters of the result was the court’s hell-bent rush – ordering new maps within three weeks, then drawing its own – in what reasonable people could conclude was disregard for separation of powers. John Baer, Philly.com, "Impeach state Supreme Court? Not happening. But watch for GOP payback | John Baer," 26 Mar. 2018 But the airport has also become a symbol of a less savory aspect of Turkey’s modern-day incarnation: its reckless disregard for arithmetic and the independence of critical government institutions. New York Times, "Turkey’s Economy Is So Hot That It May Face a Meltdown," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of disregard

Verb

1613, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1659, in the meaning defined above

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More Definitions for disregard

disregard

verb

English Language Learners Definition of disregard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to ignore (something) or treat (something) as unimportant

disregard

noun

English Language Learners Definition of disregard (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act of ignoring something or treating something as unimportant

disregard

verb
dis·​re·​gard | \ ˌdis-ri-ˈgärd \
disregarded; disregarding

Kids Definition of disregard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to pay no attention to Please disregard my e-mail.

disregard

noun

Kids Definition of disregard (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act of paying no attention to He treated the rules with complete disregard.

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