ig·​nore | \ig-ˈnȯr \
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 \ 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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Unlike our senators who ignored their moral and democratic duties to heed our calls to believe survivors, the Department of Education is obligated to listen to our critique of its rule through the notice-and-comment process. Jess Davidson, Glamour, "Why Does the Department of Education Want to Put Sexual Assault Survivors on Trial?," 28 Nov. 2018 Some of what’s in the legislation would simply enforce existing rules that have long been ignored, such as housing inmates in facilities within 500 miles of their homes or families when possible. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, "Take a Step Back on the First Step Act," 20 Nov. 2018 All of my friends ignored my request for comment on the Mountain Dew turkey, because some things are apparently too cursed to even give thought. Ella Cerón, Teen Vogue, "Forget the Hot Cheetos, Here's a Recipe for Glitter-Covered Turkey," 20 Nov. 2018 That’s a bold claim that largely ignores Microsoft’s range of Surface tablets that have offered a combination of stylus, touch, and keyboard / mouse input for years. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Apple’s new iPad Pro keyboard magnetically attaches and includes two angles," 30 Oct. 2018 Tim believes the free market is now an algorithm that ignores the interests of all stakeholders save for an elite sliver of giant equity owners. Rob Reid, Ars Technica, "Ars on your lunch break: Tim O’Reilly on why the future doesn’t have to suck," 2 Aug. 2018 For many years, archeologists had largely ignored Alexandria, according to Smithsonian. Abigail Abrams, Time, "A Mysterious Sarcophagus That May Not Have Been Opened in 2,000 Years Was Found in Egypt," 14 July 2018 Who will parents benignly ignore while lionizing the achievements of their first born and coddling their babies? Melissa Locker, Southern Living, "Are Middle Children A Thing Of The Past?," 11 July 2018 The group ignored the federal official, though, and headed back into Mexico, letter reportedly said. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "New York Mayor Bill de Blasio denies 'ridiculous' claim he crossed border illegally," 11 July 2018

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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 \
ignored; ignoring

Kids Definition of ignore

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

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