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

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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 The forums also ignored the broader issues faced by our community. oregonlive, "Portland as ‘cesspool’ vs. ‘politics of fear’ -- verbal punches traded ahead of police contract talks," 14 Jan. 2020 The Golden Globes ignored a slew of female directors to nominate only men; the BAFTA Film Awards nominated an all-white slate of actors. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Why Are the #OscarsStillMostlyWhiteAndMale?," 13 Jan. 2020 Bloomberg's campaign strategy ignores the early primary contests of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina and instead banks on an impressive showing in the Super Tuesday states of California and Texas. Joseph Simonson, Washington Examiner, "Bloomberg earns first congressional endorsement," 13 Jan. 2020 However, there is just too much value to ignore here at +220. Geoff Clark, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "National Championship Prop Bet Payday," 13 Jan. 2020 Don’t totally ignore your gut feelings about houses. John Nugent, Houston Chronicle, "Realtor View: Could this be the house of your dreams?," 11 Jan. 2020 After a day-and-a-half trial, the jury ignored multiple black witnesses who testified that McMillan was at a fish fry at the time of the crime. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "How accurate is 'Just Mercy'? The real case behind Michael B. Jordan's Bryan Stevenson movie," 9 Jan. 2020 The letters come as the Trump administration contends with mounting criticism that its policies have ignored, distorted or marginalized scientific data at the expense of the environment, public health and legal obligations. New York Times, "Science Panel Staffed With Trump Appointees Says E.P.A. Rollbacks Lack Scientific Rigor," 31 Dec. 2019 Even though four different judges and an ECOWAS court have granted Dasuki bail over the years the Nigerian government have ignored these orders. Rudolf Ogoo Okonkwo, Quartz Africa, "Nigeria has released a New York-based journalist from detention after international pressure," 24 Dec. 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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The first known use of ignore was in 1801

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17 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Ignore.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ignore?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=i&file=ignore01. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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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)


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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