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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That’s not to say people concerned about young people’s mental well-being should ignore the impact of social media on mental health. oregonlive, "In Oregon, academic pressures, existential fears help explain rising rates of suicide, mental health conditions," 8 Sep. 2019 The tales of a nation are encrypted, more often ignored, and rarely reincarnated in the heart. Richard Brady, National Review, "Valley of the Shadow," 31 Aug. 2019 The Toyota driver ignored the motorcycle officer’s attempt to pull over the car, and instead got off the freeway at Rainbow Valley Boulevard, Smale said in a news release. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Woman in stolen car leads CHP on chase before crashing in Escondido," 30 Aug. 2019 Mattis quit as defense secretary after Mr. Trump ignored his advice and ordered U.S. troops out of Syria. Emily Tillett, CBS News, "James Mattis says he had "no choice" but to leave Trump administration," 29 Aug. 2019 In asking the queen to suspend Parliament, Johnson is accused of ignoring those unspoken promises and using them for his own benefit. NBC News, "The queen isn't meant to get involved in U.K. politics. Boris Johnson just dragged her in.," 28 Aug. 2019 But authorities say many are ignoring this warning. Jennifer Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Police: Unlocked cars with keys inside stolen from Park Ridge neighborhood," 28 Aug. 2019 That suspension came after a case where Gray, then working in the homicide unit, ignored DNA evidence and did not conduct follow-up investigations into an April 2015 killing. Eric Heisig, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Public Safety Director Michael McGrath would lose some power to discipline cops under proposed policy," 26 Aug. 2019 Reports said the teenagers had ignored warnings from locals to stay clear of the tracks. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "Indians are going too far for thrilling TikTok videos that can go viral," 21 Aug. 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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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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