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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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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Aetna, Cigna, UnitedHealthcare and others ignored or refused my many requests to interview their fraud investigators or responded with assurances about their fraud-fighting efforts, with few specifics. Marshall Allen, ProPublica, "We Asked Prosecutors if Health Insurance Companies Care About Fraud. They Laughed at Us.," 10 Sep. 2019 Foreign investors are unlikely to ignore these risks, said Ashish Nainan, an analyst at CARE Ratings. Kuwar Singh, Quartz India, "India’s new FDI policy may not be enough for private coal mining to take off," 9 Sep. 2019 It’s hard to ignore it, though, when discarded plastic water bottles, Chick-Fil-A bags, Bojangles lemonade cups, and straw wrappers line the highway, blowing in the breeze created when cars zip by. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, "Here’s How You Can Help Keep North Carolina Beautiful This Fall," 8 Sep. 2019 The family’s wishes have been ignored; the backlash against Quinn and others has been relentless. Wired, "Gaming's #MeToo Moment and the Tyranny of Male Fragility," 6 Sep. 2019 Fans online erupted with harsh criticisms of Brown, questioning how the openly gay television star could ignore Spicer's many public defenses of anti-LGBTQ policies proposed by the Trump administration. Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, "'Queer Eye' Star Karamo Brown Breaks His Silence After Controversial DWTS Comments," 6 Sep. 2019 Cleveland first hit the scene in the 1960’s breaking barriers for women of color in an industry that had long ignored us. Nandi Howard, Essence, "ESSENCE Best In Black Fashion Awards: Our 2019 Icon Award Honoree Is Pat Cleveland," 3 Sep. 2019 Soon after, however, the personal became too political to ignore. Alejandra Salazar, refinery29.com, "Taylor Swift Says "Obviously I Am Pro-Choice" & Promises To Be Involved In The 2020 Election," 24 Aug. 2019 During the Putin era, this class has been left to immerse itself in private lives and careers, and incentivized to ignore politics. The Christian Science Monitor, "Encircling the interrupters with civility," 23 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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10 Oct 2019

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The first known use of ignore was in 1801

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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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to wander slowly or to speak indistinctly

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