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

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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 Don’t ignore these letters (see below), and a good place to start is on the phone. Laura Saunders, WSJ, "‘Where Is My Tax Refund?’ Millions of Americans Are Waiting for the IRS to Pay Up," 7 May 2021 Olson, who formerly served as the independent national taxpayer advocate for 18 years, has witnessed the financial calamity that can ensue when people who owe the IRS ignore the problem or seek refuge from pricey tax debt relief operations. Washington Post, "If you owe the IRS and can’t pay, this is what you should and shouldn’t do," 4 May 2021 The friction isn’t something we are wired for; the cognitive dissonance usually forces us to change or ignore one of those thoughts. Philip Elliott, Time, "Clash Coming: Joe Biden and Mitch McConnell Are Preparing for a Spending Standoff," 4 May 2021 This acts as a catalyst for many people to be tempted by a home purchase to claim a low rate — and potentially ignore market signals to do so. Brian H. Robb, Forbes, "Understanding Current Market Signals In Real Estate Investment Planning," 4 May 2021 The anachronistic idea goes something like this: An investor should lock in gains now and then mostly ignore the markets for the summer while sitting on a beach somewhere. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "Old Wall Street wisdom about selling in May no longer makes sense," 3 May 2021 In Miami-Dade County, Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said a lifting of local COVID rules would ignore the dangers that remain to public safety. al, "Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis bans vaccine passports, ends local COVID restrictions," 3 May 2021 Scott didn't downplay the country's racial and ethnic differences, but said Democrats ignore the country's strides over the past century for political and financial gain. Mabinty Quarshie, USA TODAY, "OnPolitics: 'America is ready for a takeoff'," 30 Apr. 2021 There was no need to cling to all of these picks and ignore an opportunity to move up. David Moore, Dallas News, "Cowboys have remained remarkably focused on defense this draft, Jerry Jones says they’re not done yet," 30 Apr. 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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11 May 2021

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“Ignore.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ignore. Accessed 13 May. 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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