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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In another case, Kelczewski’s clients ignored his warnings about the expense and complication of purchasing an old farmhouse for their first home and moved forward with the offer. Nancy Mann Jackson, House Beautiful, "The Top 5 Homebuying Mistakes Realtors Wish People Would Stop Making," 26 Feb. 2019 There was a brief prohibition against all means of contraception in 1588 under Pope Sixtus V, however, it was ignored by both the clergy and the commoners, and repealed immediately following Pope Sixtus V’s death. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Catholic Church Has No Moral Argument on Abortions," 11 Feb. 2019 Meanwhile, there's half-sister Samantha Grant, who accused Meghan of ignoring her father and lashed out at Chrissy Teigen along the way (fun times). Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "The Queen Reportedly Has Sympathy for Meghan Markle's Family Drama," 29 Aug. 2018 This argument—even advanced by union leadership—does have merit, but ignores the fact that NFL teams have vastly more revenue to pay their players than NBA teams. Andrew Brandt, SI.com, "How NFL and NBA Contracts Differ, and What NFL Players Can Do to Change It," 10 July 2018 Beijing largely ignored a World Trade Organization ruling in 2012 that China discriminated against foreign card companies. Stella Yifan Xie, WSJ, "Mastercard Renews Effort to Enter Chinese Market," 22 Feb. 2019 Kardashian ignored the trolls, but several of her fans came to her defense about both non-issues. Marci Robin, Glamour, "Kourtney Kardashian Is Being Mom-Shamed on Instagram for Her Son’s Long Hair," 26 Nov. 2018 On Twitter, the community self-policies, and if someone is deemed spammy or overly exhibitionist, most nudists will ignore them. Taylor Lorenz, The Atlantic, "How Twitter Became The Number One Social Network For Nudists," 13 July 2018 But in the year 2018, apparently even Anna Wintour can’t ignore streetwear’s influence. Emilia Petrarca, The Cut, "We Regret to Inform You That Anna Wintour Is Now a Hypebeast," 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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More Definitions for ignore

ignore

verb

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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