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

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 For the wider world, however, why not simply ignore articles that are not factually supported? Jeannie Suk Gersen, The New Yorker, "Seeking the True Story of the Comfort Women," 26 Feb. 2021 The current inhabitants of ballet TikTok might simply ignore corporate offerings, especially if company accounts end up as technique showcases. New York Times, "On Ballet TikTok, a Place for Young Dancers to Be Real," 5 Feb. 2021 But Biden can’t ignore any one of them, particularly because all three issues (geopolitics, economics and technology) will have an extraordinary impact on the fight against climate change. Ian Bremmer, Time, "The Key Foreign Policy Challenges Facing President Biden," 30 Jan. 2021 When faced with a monument like this, viewers can’t ignore the fact that not everyone agrees with the version of history that monument represents. Erin Thompson, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why Just ‘Adding Context’ to Controversial Monuments May Not Change Minds," 18 Dec. 2020 Banks aren’t the only entities that can ignore wills. Liz Weston, oregonlive, "Liz Weston: Adding spouse’s name to accounts helps smooth transitions after a death," 7 Feb. 2021 Numbers are fine, but too often ignore, dismiss, or overlook critical nuance. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, "Jakub Zboril, Jeremy Lauzon make themselves at home on Bruins’ blue line," 6 Feb. 2021 In personal reflections throughout the book, Tubbs stresses that the biography is not about her, and also cannot ignore the personal connection to being erased from her son’s life in real time. Ko Bragg, USA TODAY, "‘The Three Mothers’ honors women who raised Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, James Baldwin," 4 Feb. 2021 The second is that for moral reasons, as well as for reasons of international diplomacy, the U.S. should not ignore the damage that its companies inflict on others. Cass R. Sunstein And Bloomberg Opinion (tns), Star Tribune, "Biden is taking the social cost of carbon back beyond our borders," 27 Jan. 2021

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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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28 Feb 2021

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“Ignore.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ignore. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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 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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