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 Union had also critiqued the racial insensitivity of certain performers and was ignored. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "A Writer Called Pete Buttigieg a “Lying MF.” Then Buttigieg Called Him.," 27 Nov. 2019 But this ignores the Constitution’s overwhelming success and durability. David Means, Harper's magazine, "Letters," 25 Nov. 2019 The mask ban, which was enacted in October and had been mostly ignored by protesters, further inflamed tensions in the city and set off a series of violent clashes. Arkansas Online, "Trump iffy on bill to back protesters in Hong Kong," 23 Nov. 2019 For all their perversities, the hearings’ existence alone sent a message: The world was no longer a place in which a claim like Ford’s could be tolerably ignored. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "Why Isn't a Rape Allegation Worth an Impeachment Inquiry?," 22 Nov. 2019 But Trump’s comments ignored the bulk of the testimony offered by Sondland, who asserted that the president had expressly ordered him to work with his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, to dredge up unflattering information on his political rivals. BostonGlobe.com, "In Trump’s final line of notes, he wrote that it would be the “final word” from him on the matter.," 21 Nov. 2019 Buttigieg got into it with Klobuchar and Gabbard The front-runners ignored the mayor of South Bend, but Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii went after him. Chris Sikich, Indianapolis Star, "Takeaways from Pete Buttigieg's performance at the November Democratic debate," 21 Nov. 2019 That’s when the tensions between the federal and state prosecutors surfaced — but they were largely ignored by the press, which focused on the bigger issue of whether the president can quash the subpoena for his taxes. Peter Elkind, ProPublica, "Prosecutors Investigating the Trump Organization Zero In on Trump CFO Allen Weisselberg," 21 Nov. 2019 But equal access has been ignored in the digital world. Wired, "Opinion: Blocking the Disabled on the Web Means Blocking Innovation," 21 Nov. 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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5 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Ignore.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ignored. Accessed 8 December 2019.

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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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to constrict the range or activity of

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