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 ignore (audio) \ adjective
ignorer noun

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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 But those who build these systems and those who report on these systems tend to ignore all the volumes of knowledge that cultural scholars have produced. Siva Vaidhyanathan, The New Republic, "Making Sense of the Facebook Menace," 5 Jan. 2021 Others have decided to ignore the ban on indoor dining, finding potential sanctions preferable to bankruptcy. Rafael Guerrero, chicagotribune.com, "No shortage of news or drama in Naperville in 2020, as our top 10 stories of the year show," 31 Dec. 2020 There is no way to ignore the severity of a virus that has killed more than 1.7 million people so far, or the magnitude of the year’s racial unrest. Byron Harlan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Commentary: Did humanity lose or find its way in 2020? We all get to decide.," 30 Dec. 2020 And with some people likely to ignore pleas to stay home for New Year’s Eve, officials expect hospitalizations to worsen again in the coming weeks, particularly during mid- to late January. Los Angeles Times, "California hits new 1-day COVID-19 death record as hospitals plan for potential rationing," 30 Dec. 2020 But trying to ignore the bright spots in your life won’t benefit anyone who's going through a hard time right now. Molly Longman, refinery29.com, "How To Cope With “Happiness Guilt”," 30 Dec. 2020 Xing Zhaopeng, an economist at ANZ, said Chinese credit ratings have for years given their client generous ratings, but tend to ignore problems due to their lack of internal controls. Xie Yu, WSJ, "China’s Top Credit Rater Barred From New Business for Three Months," 30 Dec. 2020 The effects of climate change have become harder than ever to ignore in 2020. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, "2020 was meant to be the year of climate action. Instead, it crowned a wasted decade," 30 Dec. 2020 In fact, the Democratic-run House is certain to ignore that charge. New York Times, "Trump’s Veto Threat Did Little to Alter Stimulus Package," 28 Dec. 2020

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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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11 Jan 2021

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“Ignore.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ignore. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce ignore (audio)

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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