disregard

verb
dis·​re·​gard | \ ˌdis-ri-ˈgärd How to pronounce disregard (audio) \
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 How to pronounce disregardful (audio) \ 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

The judge disregarded the recommendation of the prosecutor and probation officer for a longer sentence. Fox News, "Convicted murderer, 77, given life sentence for stabbing he committed after deemed 'too old to be a threat'," 11 Aug. 2019 Our desire for cloak-and-daggery disregards how the pro-Union underground operated. Lois Leveen, Time, "She Was Born Into Slavery, Was a Spy and Is Celebrated as a Hero—But We're Missing the Point of the 'Mary Bowser' Story," 19 June 2019 The agency came under criticism last week for disregarding its own policy in updating the volume of a pipeline spill at a natural gas processing plant in western North Dakota. BostonGlobe.com, "Key investor suggests Redstone ‘step back’ from Viacom-CBS," 28 Aug. 2019 Some say DraftKings and FanDuel are being punished for disregarding the state when told to curb daily fantasy play in Illinois. Phil Rosenthal, chicagotribune.com, "Here’s when sports gambling could be legal in Illinois, and answers to other questions about casinos and betting," 4 June 2019 Given Facebook’s lofty goals — and its reputation for disregarding privacy and exacerbating immense political and social issues throughout the world — the announcement of Libra was followed by immediate backlash from regulators. Verge Staff, The Verge, "Everything you need to know about Libra, Facebook’s ambitious cryptocurrency," 8 May 2018 Why couldn't Ingram completely disregard the safety and well-being of children so there could be a live Komodo dragon on the field? Khadrice Rollins, SI.com, "UAB's Athletic Director Discussed Getting a Komodo Dragon for Their Stadium," 16 Sep. 2019 An artist can only rely on herself; the world may disregard her. Roxana Robinson, The New Yorker, "The Rivalry Between Georgia O’Keeffe and Her Sister Ida," 4 Sep. 2019 Hanrahan told the jury to disregard Brown's comment. Lawrence Andrea, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ex-Badgers player Quintez Cephus found not guilty of two counts of sexual assault," 2 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Also in the Van Aken District, council agreed to lodge an objection to a liquor permit renewal for Swerve Grille at 20126 Chagrin Boulevard, which city officials say has demonstrated a disregard for local ordinances. Thomas Jewell, cleveland.com, "Shaker Heights ponies up for Clean & Safe program, busway in Van Aken District," 2 Sep. 2019 The only real conspiracy here is the ageless one between and among prison guards and jail officials who too often treat at-risk inmates with callous disregard and deliberate indifference. Andrew Cohen, The New Republic, "The Completely Predictable Death of Jeffrey Epstein," 11 Aug. 2019 Johnson, the most prominent protester in a group that also includes fellow actor and native Hawaiian Jason Momoa, said building the TMT on the sacred volcano would be a complete disregard for locals who see it as their church. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Why Protesters Don't Want a Giant Telescope Atop This Hawaiian Volcano," 6 Aug. 2019 Robert Corry, Aguilera-Mederos’ attorney, said this was a tragic accident, vehemently denying the prosecution’s claim that his client had disregard for human life. Sam Tabachnik, The Denver Post, "Investigators detail harrowing I-70 crash that killed 4 as judge advances case toward trial," 11 July 2019 Brenda Wesley says officials were negligent and showed disregard for her son's safety. Sydney Czyzon, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mental health advocate sues county, says it failed to provide mental illness medication to her son in jail," 3 July 2019 This showed complete disregard for Griffith’s significance to film form and to American cultural history. Armond White, National Review, "Lillian Gish’s Genius Will Outlast Ava DuVernay and the Canon Wreckers," 26 June 2019 But Costa Mesa struggled to move the ball after halftime and a seemingly blatant disregard for clock management allowed Santiago to right itself and mount a comeback. Daily Pilot, "Costa Mesa football ends 16-game losing streak with win over Santiago," 30 Aug. 2019 The disregard of the precious gift of life we have been given by God. John D'anna, azcentral, "Spiritual leader of Arizona Methodists calls flock to action on gun violence, racism," 7 Aug. 2019

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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 How to pronounce disregard (audio) \
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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