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.
Recent Examples on the Web Severe financial-market distress would count as too big a risk for the economy for the central bank to ignore. Justin Lahart, WSJ, 4 May 2022 Throw out the Lecomte, and his 4-1-0 record in five other starts is hard to ignore. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, 3 May 2022 Services like Disney+, and Apple TV+, which beat Netflix to become the first streaming service to win a Best Picture Oscar, have become too good and competitively priced (just as Netflix raises prices) for consumers to ignore. Adario Strange, Quartz, 19 Apr. 2022 As my colleague Wendy Lee wrote recently, password sharing has become a problem that is increasingly hard for media companies to ignore. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 19 Apr. 2022 The plight of refugees and the heroism of Ukrainian leaders and citizens comes to us in a fashion that is impossible for the world to ignore. Howard Homonoff, Forbes, 7 Mar. 2022 And certainly there is never any excuse for a man to ignore the niceties of table etiquette and feed like a pig at a trough. BostonGlobe.com, 3 Mar. 2022 Despite those obvious obstacles to radio integration, those Drake numbers are growing harder and harder for top 40 stations to ignore. Andrew Unterberger, Billboard, 8 Feb. 2022 Unlike every other prior mayor, de Blasio included, Adams has chosen not to ignore the homelessness crisis that has been growing in New York for the last four decades. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, 27 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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11 May 2022

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“Ignore.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ignore. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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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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