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

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 The privatization proposal is just that, an idea that Congress is free to disregard. Shane Dixon Kavanaugh, OregonLive.com, "Teen accused of plunging kitchen knife into neck of sleeping grandmother, authorities say," 13 Feb. 2018 The low-cost carrier based in Las Vegas has been meeting with its pilots union for nearly two years to resolve a dispute over a scheduling system that the union says disregards the seniority and preferences of the airline’s 877 pilots. Hugo Martin, latimes.com, "Allegiant pilots vote to strike if dispute over scheduling system isn't resolved," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This level of carelessness and disregard for official procedures is negligent and unacceptable. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "ICE deported veterans while ‘unaware’ it was required to carefully screen them, report says," 9 June 2019 America’s preferential treatment and diversity programs are in blatant disregard of Martin Luther King’s dream about judging people by their character instead of by the color of their skin. WSJ, "To What Extent, if Any, Should Race Count?," 18 Dec. 2018 Here, Bush convinced jurors that the Rams showed complete indifference and conscious disregard of his safety. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Reggie Bush’s Trial Win vs. Rams Could Be Precedent for More Athletes Filing Injury Lawsuits," 13 June 2018 Others tell of being treated with complete disregard on set. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Models Speak Candidly About Navigating Power Dynamics in the Age of #MeToo," 9 Apr. 2019 This means that UConn either knowingly published false and defaming information about Ollie or had reckless disregard for the information’s truth or falsity. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Breaking Down Kevin Ollie's Case Against UConn and the University's Likely Defenses," 29 June 2018 Klaus said that the court would have to prove that there was actual malice and there must be clear and convincing evidence that producers meant to cast her in a negative light or had reckless disregard for the truth. Nardine Saad, latimes.com, "Appellate court hears arguments in Hollywood legend Olivia de Havilland's 'Feud' lawsuit," 21 Mar. 2018 Goessling’s history of actively aiding systems of racist oppression reinforces her complete disregard for the most women most vulnerable to violence in America. Teen Vogue, "Shannon Goessling, Trump’s Pick to Lead the Office on Violence Against Women, Has a Troubling Record," 18 Mar. 2019 There was an irresistible force of logic, a clinching power of argument, and a manly disregard of everything like sophistry... John J. Miller, WSJ, "‘Lincoln’s Confidant’ Review: The Friend Who Listened," 15 Feb. 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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