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 report by journalists at CNBC, however, hasn’t been so easy to disregard. Marc Bain, Quartzy, "The RealReal’s promise of authenticated second-hand luxury goods may not be so real," 7 Nov. 2019 While in a different class, the Warriors are tough to completely disregard. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Will LeBron James reclaim his throne? Do the Golden State Warriors miss the playoffs? Chris Fedor’s 2019-20 season predictions," 21 Oct. 2019 This is rubbish - people do not like to be told what to do by people who totally disregard their own advice. Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, "Prince William and Kate Middleton Flew On Budget Airline After Blowback Over Harry and Megan's Private Jet Use," 23 Aug. 2019 Pretending that both don’t pose a significant threat to Coloradans’ quality of life now and in the future is to willfully disregard science at the expense of human health and the environment. The Denver Post Editorial Board, The Denver Post, "Editorial: Yes, adopt those California zero-emission vehicle standards (imperfections and all)," 2 Aug. 2019 Given the administration’s attempt to disregard administrative law in the attempt to add the census question, however, there is ample reason to be fearful that these protections may not be enough. Adam Eichen, The New Republic, "Advocates Want Everyone Counted, No Matter the Fate of the Citizenship Question," 27 June 2019 The most recent misfire occurred in 2016 when the votes of nearly 3 million people were disregarded. Hana Callaghan, The Mercury News, "Opinion: Abolish the Electoral College, make every vote count," 19 June 2019 And yet, there's no effective way to develop and distribute them without disregarding copyright law. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Running Windows 95 in an “app” is a dumb stunt that makes a good point," 25 Aug. 2018 In the two cases filed [Wednesday], the clinics and their leadership have continued to disregard the law and more importantly, patient safety. Ron Hurtibise, Sun-Sentinel.com, "FDA seeks injunction to stop treatments by U.S. Stem Cell in Sunrise," 9 May 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Prior charges include aggravated fleeing with disregard to safety, leaving the scene of a crash, and driving without a valid license, among others. Wayne K. Roustan, sun-sentinel.com, "Man who led police on chase charged with attempted murder," 9 Nov. 2019 Leonard isn’t freelancing, per se, isn’t playing hunches with reckless disregard for the rest of the defense. Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star, "We asked coaches whom Darius Leonard reminds them of. They listed hall of famers.," 24 Oct. 2019 DeVos did not comply, going so far as to garnish people’s wages and take their federal tax refunds with flagrant disregard of the judge’s order. Kirsten West Savali, Essence, "Federal Judge Threatens Betsy DeVos With Jail In 2018 Student Loan Case," 8 Oct. 2019 Nice, firm green beans treated with the same disregard for your health as onions and potatoes for something fancy and blue-collar at the same time. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "52 Weeks of Burgers: Beefy’s on the Green," 30 Aug. 2019 The toddler’s mother, Kimberly Dawn Moore, 45, and her boyfriend, Adrian Neil Puckett, also 45, were arrested and charged with felony child neglect with reckless disregard for life and felony child endangerment, the sheriff’s office says. Kc Baker, PEOPLE.com, "3-Year-Old Va. Girl Is Found Dead in River — and Mom and Her Boyfriend Are Charged," 11 July 2019 The man was charged with OVI, refusing to take a breath test with a prior OVI conviction on his record, speeding, and with willful disregard for safety on a highway. cleveland.com, "Drunk man was driving 99 mph on freeway: Beachwood Police Blotter," 9 July 2019 But The Australian Dream is both timely and universal in its reflection on racist attitudes too often considered innocuous by those not on the receiving end, and in its depiction of shameful disregard for the dignity of First Nation populations. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Australian Dream': Film Review | Telluride 2019," 30 Aug. 2019 But the level of blatant disregard here means thousands of MoviePass customers have been put at risk of fraud and identity theft. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Thousands of MoviePass customers’ credit card numbers were exposed online," 20 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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15 Nov 2019

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The first known use of disregard was in 1613

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More Definitions for disregard

disregard

verb
How to pronounce disregard (audio)

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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