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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Recent Examples on the Web All three indices closed higher on Monday, all but ignoring the turmoil in the streets of America's cities. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Investors brush aside protests, COVID and Brexit talks to send global markets higher," 2 June 2020 Canales was arrested after a group of more than 50 people downtown ignored police officers’ orders to disperse late Saturday. Brian Chasnoff, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio police chief: Out-of-state ‘extremists’ infiltrating peaceful protests," 1 June 2020 After a curfew that was ignored by protesters on Sunday, Mayor Muriel Bowser imposed another one for 7 p.m. on Monday. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Barr surveys protest outside White House ahead of Trump speech and DC curfew," 1 June 2020 From Gülay Birand, a product design manager at Facebook: Facebookʼs recent decision to not act on posts that incite violence ignores other options to keep our community safe. Washington Post, "The Technology 202: Mark Zuckerberg spoke with civil rights leaders about Trump's posts. It didn't go well.," 1 June 2020 Hundreds of National Guard forces did little to quell unrest overnight as crowds ignored an 8 p.m. curfew and swarmed streets and the interstate, surrounded a police precinct, broke windows and looted businesses amid random gunfire. Los Angeles Times, "Military crackdown looms in Minneapolis to stop looters, fires and violence," 30 May 2020 Cars and buildings burn in Minneapolis as thousands ignore curfew and law enforcement is not in sight along Lake Street on Friday night. Ryan Faircloth, Anchorage Daily News, "“You need to go home,′ Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz says as new fires, looting hit Minneapolis," 30 May 2020 The car automatically sets the stability-control system into a program designed for wet conditions even if you, like me, ignore the warning. Daniel Pund, Car and Driver, "Tin Ears: Porsche is Listening," 30 May 2020 Ideology cannot be separated from historical context, and the French people who can still find the time to think do so while ignoring the facts of an external problem that nevertheless concerns them. Madison Mainwaring, Harper's Magazine, "Survive and Advance," 25 May 2020

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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 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Ignore.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ignore. Accessed 5 Jun. 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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