ig·nore | \ ig-ˈnȯr \
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 \ 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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That outrage seems to ignore the fact that, for instance, calmly asking someone to leave your restaurant harms absolutely no one but Sarah Huckabee Sanders, a woman who, by her actions, has assisted in harming a great many. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why You Need to Say No to Civility," 27 June 2018 If she were toppled and replaced by a hard-liner, the new German leader would be unlikely to ignore Salvini’s provocations and heed Italy’s pleas for help. Alan Crawford, Bloomberg.com, "As Merkel’s Power Drains, the Threat to Europe Grows," 27 June 2018 The same people who went all-in on their willingness to ignore the law have been rewarded with the ability to shape it. Jay Willis, GQ, "Mitch McConnell's Stolen Supreme Court Seat Is Already Fucking Up America," 26 June 2018 The symbolism of the rematch will be hard to ignore. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Mellinger Minutes: Whit not an All-Star (?), Jeff Long and KU, Chiefs fears, Odom's crossroads," 10 July 2018 Yet even when controlling for factors such as discrimination and flexible workplace policies, Diamond said there is still a gender gap in earnings that cannot be ignored. Author: Miranda Moore, Anchorage Daily News, "One reason for Uber’s gender pay gap: Men drive faster," 10 July 2018 But the broader similarities are hard to ignore: A scammy plugin duped users and ended up making problems for the entire platform. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "Will third-party plugins survive the tech backlash?," 6 July 2018 The club’s current record – marred by an eight-match MLS losing streak – cannot be ignored. Jordan Culver, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City’s season doesn’t get reset with hiring of new coach James O’Connor," 3 July 2018 In this way, and others, the parallels between Mr. López Obrador and President Trump are hard to ignore. New York Times, "López Obrador, an Atypical Leftist, Wins Mexico Presidency in Landslide," 2 July 2018

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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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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 \
ignored; ignoring

Kids Definition of ignore

: to pay no attention to I ignored her rude remark.

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alleviating pain or harshness

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