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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Recent Examples on the Web

Many commentators said, in attacking his hosts, the interview had ignored all the usual diplomatic etiquette and conventions. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, "Thousands Turn Out to Protest Donald Trump in London," 13 July 2018 Sumlin and his staff is emphasizing the state of Texas, an area that Rodriguez largely ignored until his final year at the helm. Justin Spears, azcentral, "Prized prospect Adam Plant Jr. won't play for Arizona Wildcats football team," 10 July 2018 The employees reached out to Martofel several times, but all of their messages went ignored. refinery29.com, "Feminist Apparel CEO Fires Entire Staff After They Learn He's An Admitted Sexual Abuser," 9 July 2018 This is obviously a game of chess to get China, the EU, Canada to bilateral negotiations to improve our standing on trade imbalances which for decades have gone pretty much ignored. Lynn Brezosky, San Antonio Express-News, "Trade spats ‘new norm’ for sorghum growers, nail biter for Texas manufacturers," 6 July 2018 After Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke toured the region, facing claims of ignoring the voices of Native Americans, President Trump decided to split Grand Staircase into three separate monuments. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Mining Company Buys Rights to Former National Monument Land," 21 June 2018 Both sides in recent months have refrained from familiar denunciations in which Japan accuses China of trying to disrupt regional stability through force and China accuses Japan of ignoring the lessons of history through Mr. Abe’s military buildup. Peter Landers, WSJ, "Strange Bedfellows: Trump Trade Fight Brings Japan and China Together," 18 June 2018 Despite being a component unit of government that residents pay annual taxes to support, the village board has largely ignored the library and its operations until recently, Denson said. Zak Koeske, Daily Southtown, "For years, there's been no financial oversight at the Calumet Park library. Now the state is getting involved.," 13 July 2018 The city sent Bird a cease-and-desist letter on June 20 that, until this week, Bird ignored. Ethan May, Indianapolis Star, "Bird scooters are being removed from Indianapolis. Here's what could happen next.," 12 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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not any or not one

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