ignore

verb
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 Elections officials threatened to issue subpoenas to compel responses from people who ignored their letters. oregonlive, "Case Closed: In Oregon campaign investigations, ‘I did not’ is all it takes," 17 Sep. 2019 Several Democratic presidential candidates preemptively called for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's impeachment, but have largely ignored similar allegations against top Virginia Democrats. Fox News, "Brit Hume says it is 'utterly political' for Dems to believe new Kavanaugh story, ignore allegations made against others," 17 Sep. 2019 Despite promoting him, Mr. Netanyahu often stymied and humiliated Mr. Liberman, ignoring or overruling his more bombastic policy positions, from the death penalty for convicted terrorists to toppling Hamas. New York Times, "Israel Election Could Turn on Ugly Breakup of an Odd Couple," 16 Sep. 2019 While an adult may see a trending challenge like this and think about what could go wrong by gluing your face together, a teen will focus on how all their friends are participating in this stunt and ignore the obvious dangers. Christina Oehler, Health.com, "Teens Are Gluing Their Lips for an Internet Challenge—Here's Why That's a Bad Idea," 13 Sep. 2019 If a state ignored the report and did not alert NormShield to flaws, the company assumed there were no objections. Jessica Huseman, ProPublica, "Report on Election Security Gains Attention, and a Sharp Rebuke," 13 Sep. 2019 O'Brien threatened the bystanders again, ignoring both officers' commands to drop the bat, according to police reports. AZCentral.com, "Police shootings in Arizona," 10 Sep. 2019 The fear, bullying, and ultimately the way in which adults ignore bullying are accurate to the 1989 time-period. Joelle Monique, The Hollywood Reporter, "How 'It: Chapter Two' Leaves Richie Tozier Behind," 7 Sep. 2019 In some cases, this distrust may be justified, given that there is a long history of medical researchers and clinicians ignoring legitimate issues from patients, particularly women. Scientific American, "How Misinformation Spreads—and Why We Trust It," 3 Sep. 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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24 Oct 2019

Time Traveler for ignore

The first known use of ignore was in 1801

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More Definitions for ignore

ignore

verb
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)

ignore

verb
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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