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 email. 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 disregard (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 So, while one huge week is certainly impressive and noteworthy, will fans completely disregard the originals in favor of the new takes? Hugh Mcintyre, Forbes, "Taylor Swift Won The Battle With Her Latest Album...But Will She Win The War She’s Fighting?," 7 May 2021 Sometimes this occurred because landlords chose to pay fines instead, or city lawyers agreed to disregard some violations as long as the property owner fixed the most serious problems. Cecilia Reyes, chicagotribune.com, "The Failures Before the Fires: How we reported this story," 24 Apr. 2021 The first trial ended in a mistrial after the prosecution failed to lay the necessary foundation for certain evidence that was subsequently deemed inadmissible, if impossible for the jury to disregard. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "How a group of Anchorage teens hid a 1966 murder for years — until one of them tried to become a police officer," 18 Apr. 2021 The jury was told to disregard her opinion about Floyd's behavior. Erin Donaghue, CBS News, "Derek Chauvin Trial 4/13/21: Defense launches case for ex-cop charged in George Floyd's death," 14 Apr. 2021 Update from PRNewswire saying to disregard the Pete Davidson blast because it can not be verified. Natalie Morin, refinery29.com, "I Have Questions About…Pete Davidson’s Fake Marriage & Bodega Cats," 23 Mar. 2021 But in the 10 years after that, Barrett said Griffin continued to disregard the prevailing medical standards regarding the prescription of opioids. Kevin Grasha, The Enquirer, "Green Twp. doctor who prescribed 'unjustifiable' amounts of pain pills sentenced to 3 years," 2 Mar. 2021 Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, a state Cabinet member, told her offices on Monday to disregard the order to lower flags for Limbaugh. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "'We don't honor hatred': Florida Democrats resist lowering flags to honor Limbaugh," 23 Feb. 2021 Columbia’s president, Lee Bollinger, reaffirmed the school’s commitment to free speech but vowed to disregard the student referendum on divestment. John Leland, New York Times, "What Zoom Does to Campus Conflicts Over Israel and Free Speech," 22 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Saudi government’s disregard for these serious American concerns destabilizes the U.S.-Saudi relationship. Gayle Manchin, Time, "Raif Badawi Is Still in Prison Over a Series of Blog Posts. The U.S. Has Given Saudi Arabia a Free Pass for Too Long," 28 Apr. 2021 Now those Brazilian bosses are placing their hope in another president—one who lacks Mr Bolsonaro’s populist disregard for science. The Economist, "Joe Biden and Jair Bolsonaro square off over the Amazon," 20 Mar. 2021 But despite the film’s six nominations and four wins, its stellar all-Korean cast was snubbed, igniting a conversation about the movie industry’s long-standing disregard for Asian actors. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "The Invisible Stars of Asian Movies," 3 Mar. 2021 Some Clinic employees see the lack of automatic testing as evidence of the hospital system’s disregard for employee’s health, according to a Clinic employee who wished to be anonymous. Julie Washington, cleveland, "Testing, quarantine not automatic for Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, MetroHealth workers exposed to COVID-19," 27 Aug. 2020 For the third-degree murder charge to stick, jurors had to agree that Chauvin unintentionally caused Floyd's death with reckless disregard for human life. NBC News, "How many years will Derek Chauvin be in prison after guilty verdict in Floyd's death?," 22 Apr. 2021 Third-degree murder is unintentionally causing someone’s death by committing an act that is eminently dangerous to other persons while exhibiting a depraved mind, with reckless disregard for human life. Eric Ferkenhoff, USA TODAY, "Derek Chauvin verdict live updates: Jury reaches a verdict in George Floyd's death," 21 Apr. 2021 For several weeks, prosecutors have argued that the former Minneapolis police officer broke protocol and acted with reckless disregard for George Floyd's life during an arrest last May. Joseph Simonson, Washington Examiner, "Minneapolis braces itself for unrest as Derek Chauvin trial concludes," 19 Apr. 2021 In this case, Joel Streicher repeatedly demonstrated disregard for the safety and well-being of the public while on duty. Reggie Moore, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Opinion: Sentence in the death of Milwaukee community leader Ceasar Stinson sends exactly the wrong message," 8 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of disregard was in 1613

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11 May 2021

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“Disregard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disregard. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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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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