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 Harrisburg: The family of a sick inmate who died inside a rural jail two years ago claims guards and medical professionals ignored and even ridiculed his distress but documented his agony. USA TODAY, "El Paso memorial, hogs by helicopter, trees for troops: News from around our 50 states," 14 Nov. 2019 Yet they are too seldom discussed, too often ignored, and viewed by too many today as ancient history. Ruth Hopkins, Teen Vogue, "Treaties Between the United States and Indigenous Nations, Explained," 12 Nov. 2019 On the third interception, Hoyer rolled out on a bootleg, ignored the short throw and fired downfield instead to a covered Pascal. Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: All Brian Hoyer had to do was live up to his billing, and he gambled a game away," 11 Nov. 2019 Video of the following day’s altercations at Sheridan Circle captured Turkish security guards outside the ambassador’s residence ignoring police commands and breaking through their lines. BostonGlobe.com, "Washington, D.C., braces for planned visit by Turkish President Erdogan - The Boston Globe," 10 Nov. 2019 Villalaz ignored the man and moved his truck one block forward. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A man is in custody for an acid attack being investigated as a hate crime, bringing some relief to the south side Milwaukee neighborhood," 3 Nov. 2019 Democrats responded to Lesko and others that the White House has ignored subpoenas and that Trump has insulted and intimidated witnesses throughout the inquiry that began last month. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "Arizona delegation votes party line as impeachment process is approved," 31 Oct. 2019 Some employees who raised safety concerns were ignored, punished or threatened while G4S executives cast the most serious incidents as aberrations. USA Today, "A security empire deployed guards with violent pasts across the U.S. Some went on to rape, assault or kill," 31 Oct. 2019 Safety regulations are often ignored in the overcrowded trains. Asim Tanveer, sun-sentinel.com, "Fire on moving train kills 65 passengers in central Pakistan," 31 Oct. 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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21 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Ignore.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ignore. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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