verb ig·nore \ ig-ˈnȯr \
Updated on: 18 Jan 2018

Definition of ignore

ignored; ignoring
transitive verb
1 : to refuse to take notice of
2 : to reject (a bill of indictment) as ungrounded


play \ig-ˈnȯr-ə-bəl\ adjective



Examples of ignore in a Sentence

  1. She tried to ignore him but he wouldn't leave her alone.

  2. I'll ignore that last remark.

  3. If we continue to ignore these problems they will only get worse.

  4. They ignored the warning signs.

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Origin and Etymology of ignore

obsolete ignore to be ignorant of, from French ignorer, from Latin ignorare, from ignarus ignorant, unknown, from in- + gnoscere, noscere to know — more at know

ignore Synonyms

bypass, disregard, forget, neglect, overlook, overpass, pass over, slight, slur (over)
attend (to), heed, mind, regard, tend (to)
Related Words
fail; miss, omit; brush (aside or off), reject, shrug off, slough (off) also sluff (off); disdain, pooh-pooh (also pooh), scorn; scant, skimp
Near Antonyms
appreciate, cherish, prize, treasure, value; cultivate, foster, nurse, nurture; pamper; remember; listen (to), watch; follow, mark, note, notice, observe, remark

Synonym Discussion of ignore

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

IGNORE Defined for English Language Learners



Definition of ignore for English Language Learners

  • : to refuse to show that you hear or see (something or someone)

  • : to do nothing about or in response to (something or someone)

IGNORE Defined for Kids


verb ig·nore \ ig-ˈnȯr \

Definition of ignore for Students

ignored; ignoring
: to pay no attention to
  • I ignored her rude remark.

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