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 email. He disregarded her advice.



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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disregardful \ ˌdis-​ri-​ˈgärd-​fəl How to pronounce disregard (audio) \ adjective

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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 Many believe a government that did not disregard scientific expertise would have done a better job, as other Latin American countries, such as Chile and Uruguay, did. The New York Times, Arkansas Online, 15 Nov. 2021 His memo sketched a scenario whereby the vice president would disregard seven states' Electoral College votes -- making sure no candidate received the 270 Electoral College votes needed for victory. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 9 Nov. 2021 For many years, advising associations was at times very stressful, as boards would sometimes disregard my best advice for them. Kelly G. Richardson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Sep. 2021 The White House has only said that companies that disregard the rule could face fines of up to $14,000 per violation. Lila Maclellan, Quartz, 11 Sep. 2021 Under the current system, the review board’s decisions are recommendations the chief can disregard. Robert Higgs, cleveland, 19 Aug. 2021 But her biggest gripe is the way the sport makes parents and adults disregard what’s best for the teens’ mental and physical health. Hannah Lynn, Vulture, 5 Aug. 2021 Or disregard the petty dress code at a Bolognese cooking class, risking the wrath of RHOSLC's Mary? Mary Sollosi, EW.com, 12 Nov. 2021 However, even China’s largest technology players cannot disregard the NFT trend. Tiffany Lung, Forbes, 25 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For the rich have claimed both lobster and caviar, in seeming disregard for their humble origins — because those origins are now essentially invisible. New York Times, 26 Nov. 2021 He was captured and charged with speeding, willful disregard of safety, not stopping after an accident, open container, resisting arrest and fleeing a police officer. Cheryl Higley, cleveland, 20 Nov. 2021 Bishop Reginald Jackson, of the Sixth Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, said Gough's attempt to get Black pastors kicked out of court shows disregard for the grief Arbery's family is enduring. Nicquel Terry Ellis, CNN, 18 Nov. 2021 There’s only room for one artist; or perhaps it’s that one woman must sacrifice so that another can find the selfish disregard that art seems to require. Lidija Haas, The New Republic, 12 Nov. 2021 He is also charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, which carries a maximum prison term of 12 years and requires prosecutors to show that Rittenhouse put someone in harm's way by showing an utter disregard for life. Todd Richmond, ajc, 11 Nov. 2021 There are extenuating circumstances involving a fruit truck, rainbow duct tape, and crack, but what ultimately incenses the judge is Tookie’s seeming disregard for the body itself. Jennifer Wilson, Vulture, 10 Nov. 2021 But Flexner’s disregard for bedside manner and other intangibles had an unexpected consequence. Jessica Wapner, The New Yorker, 6 Nov. 2021 Full of wonder at the natural world — and outrage at humans’ disregard of it — Dykman’s writing blends exploration and science. Washington Post, 4 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of disregard


1613, in the meaning defined above


1659, in the meaning defined above

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“Disregard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disregard. Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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More Definitions for disregard



English Language Learners Definition of disregard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



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

: the act of ignoring something or treating something as unimportant


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 email.



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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