ig·​nore | \ ig-ˈnȯr How to pronounce ignore (audio) \
ignored; ignoring

Definition of ignore

transitive verb

1 : to refuse to take notice of
2 : to reject (a bill of indictment) as ungrounded

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Other Words from ignore

ignorable \ ig-​ˈnȯr-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce ignorable (audio) \ adjective
ignorer noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of ignore in a Sentence

She tried to ignore him but he wouldn't leave her alone. I'll ignore that last remark. If we continue to ignore these problems they will only get worse. They ignored the warning signs.
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Recent Examples on the Web

In some cases, the birds ignored the human gaze and pecked the bag immediately. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "The Scientists Who Stared at Gulls," 8 Aug. 2019 Unlike the trial court, the appellate court was unwilling to ignore the obvious cause and effect. Jack Greiner, Cincinnati.com, "Strictly Legal: Koala wins first amendment battle," 6 Aug. 2019 In white American literature, black women are either completely ignored or reduced to racist tropes. The Christian Science Monitor, "The latest lesson in how to end a conflict," 6 Aug. 2019 That’s something companies with a laser focus on finding the single perfect candidate tend to ignore. Mark Orttung, Quartz at Work, "Why you should hire fewer geniuses," 30 July 2019 But Curry says Houston's aim is to make money from its parking meters, not the tickets written to people who ignore them, stay too long, or park too close to crosswalks and intersections. Mike Morris, Houston Chronicle, "How many Houston parking tickets are written on your block?," 30 July 2019 Nonprofit hospitals interested in improving community health ignore their own billing and collections policies at their peril — and at the cost of patient well-being. Wendi C. Thomas, ProPublica, "Stop Suing Patients, Advocates Advise Memphis Nonprofit Hospital System," 30 July 2019 Many homeowners ignore the requirement to buy insurance through the NFIP—and the government does little to enforce the mandate. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How federal flood policy is, and isn’t, addressing climate change today," 29 July 2019 Perhaps, as The Chronicle reported, the affluent-family target demographic never showed up, and the frugal teens ignored higher-end businesses. San Francisco Chronicle, "Like everything else involved with the project, the chrome marketing folder was shiny and filled with hope, as if the owners were selling a new subdivision on the moons of Jupiter.," 26 July 2019

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First Known Use of ignore

1801, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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The first known use of ignore was in 1801

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English Language Learners Definition of ignore

: to refuse to show that you hear or see (something or someone)
: to do nothing about or in response to (something or someone)


ig·​nore | \ ig-ˈnȯr How to pronounce ignore (audio) \
ignored; ignoring

Kids Definition of ignore

: to pay no attention to I ignored her rude remark.

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