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 latest film in the X-Men franchise opened to only $33 million domestically and was critically disregarded. Rachel Yang, EW.com, "Dark Phoenix director owns up to film's failure at the box office: 'That's on me'," 15 June 2019 Prosecutors argued that Bland disregarded his students' own well-being by accepting the bribes. Emily Caron, SI.com, "Ex-USC Assistant Tony Bland Sentenced in College Basketball Corruption Trial," 5 June 2019 But context was disregarded as the Internet seized on the last few seconds of the clip: Beyoncé's smile fades and the singer appears to brush against Curran’s shoulder while shifting in her coveted seat. Bethonie Butler, Washington Post, "Beyoncé is the latest celebrity to star in a courtside drama curated by the Internet," 6 June 2019 Like Honda and Toyota, Hyundai appears to disregard Tesla CEO Elon Musk's put-down of fuel-cell EVs. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "Rimac is Helping Hyundai Make an N-Branded EV Hatch and a Sporty Hydrogen Car," 15 May 2019 Curious drivers with an itch to explore post-hurricane damage in their neighborhoods, disregarded county-wide curfews, which led to numerous crashes after Hurricane Irma, according to Florida Highway Patrol troopers. OrlandoSentinel.com, "Hurricane curfews and traffic," 30 May 2018 While serving as secretary of State, Hillary Clinton disregarded an instruction from the Foreign Affairs Manual directing her to use State Department equipment for day-to-day operations. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Is Doing Same Thing He Demanded Clinton Be Locked Up For," 22 May 2018 When girls were assertive, parents were more likely to interrupt, talk over, or disregard them. Andrea Petersen, Redbook, "Why Are Women More Anxious Than Men?," 15 May 2017 Which of us, after seeing Little Miss Sunshine, doesn't often think of Olive Hoover (Abigail Breslin) performing her pageant routine with confidence, completely disregarding the collective open-mouthed gape of the adults in the room? refinery29.com, "17 Movies Every Woman Should See At Least Once," 8 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

And the disregard continues after an accident; our attention stays on the understandable biomechanics of an injury, rather than the more complicated psychological consequences. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "Kevin Durant’s plight is highlighting the emotional toll of injuries on workers," 13 June 2019 But lying willfully, adamantly, without distress or regret, and with absolute disregard of consequences can be a bulwark if not a fail-safe defense. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Is There a Right Way to Cover the Trump White House?," 6 June 2019 Nothing would better highlight the disregard for minority perspective than if House Democrats walk back on their word. Guest Opinion, oregonlive.com, "Opinion: House Democrats, beware of the weight of your power. It may come back to haunt you.," 14 Jan. 2019 This #ORLeg has been a total disregard for how Oregonians will continue to afford to live, work, and raise a family here. oregonlive.com, "Oregon Republican senators walkout: What you need to know today," 23 June 2019 This is yet another flagrant disregard for the welfare of children on behalf of a cruel administration bent on fomenting fear and creating chaos. Alex Leary, WSJ, "U.S. Cities Prepare for Federal Immigration Raids," 22 June 2019 But his biggest sin is the total disregard and willful ignorance of wife Marlo's (Charlize Theron) mental health and postpartum psychosis. Maia Efrem, refinery29.com, "The Movies That Get Fatherhood All Wrong — & The Ones That Get It Right," 15 June 2019 What has proved much harder to fix is the pursuit of profit at all cost and an often casual disregard for safety — problems that have long been blamed in South Korea not only for shipping disasters but also for building collapses and hospital fires. Choe Sang-hun, New York Times, "An Overloaded Ferry Flipped and Drowned Hundreds of Schoolchildren. Could It Happen Again?," 10 June 2019 The tragedy of all this is the calculated disregard of a tradition of Palmyrene achievements that really means something to the Arab world. The New York Review of Books, "G.W. Bowersock," 18 Apr. 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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