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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If your goal is to ignore your weight completely, that’s also fine. Carolyn Kylstra, SELF, "The Weight Issue: A Letter from the Editor," 25 June 2018 In the hands of Pruitt, the agency is well-known for ignoring recent data and, for example, relying heavily on talking points from auto industry lobbyists to push for dirtier cars. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Trump’s environmental policies could lead to an extra 80,000 deaths per decade, say Harvard scientists," 14 June 2018 Hall, a former public school administrator who leads Arizonans for Charter School Accountability, told ALA officials that state law requires public comment at budget meetings for charter schools, but he was ignored. Craig Harris, azcentral, "East Valley charter, subject of Republic investigation, reverses itself after blocking public comment," 14 July 2018 The move has drawn criticism from people who accuse the council of subverting the democratic process by ignoring the will of the voters. Maya Sweedler, WSJ, "Washington, D.C., Council Members Consider Repeal of Voter-Passed Minimum-Wage Increase," 12 July 2018 From Hagerstown in the west to Salisbury in the east, from Aberdeen in the north to Waldorf in the south, Maryland baseball fans have no excuse for ignoring their passion. Chris Kaltenbach, baltimoresun.com, "A guide to visiting all of Maryland's minor league ballparks," 10 July 2018 Which is also to say that the norms that were litigated at Fox in 2017—and the norms that are being litigated in American culture at large at the moment, by way of the #MeToo movement—are being performatively ignored by the White House. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "When the White House Is a Safe Space," 6 July 2018 But as both the EU and US have discovered, the problems cannot be ignored. The Christian Science Monitor, "Why Trump can’t ignore Central America," 6 July 2018 Investigators could also tell if only the first page of applications was reviewed while subsequent pages were ignored. Brendan Farrington, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Florida concealed weapons permits: 2012 probe found more state agency errors," 3 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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something that serves to warn or remind

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