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 Cynthia Rios and her family often ignore Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations. Gabriela Miranda, USA TODAY, 15 Sep. 2021 Instead each destination country is at liberty to adopt or ignore the advice according to their own preferences. Tamara Hardingham-gill, CNN, 11 Sep. 2021 This is in sharp contrast to the countries that have chosen to step away from or ignore Bitcoin’s obvious benefits to the economy. Tony Raval, Forbes, 10 Sep. 2021 You might be inclined to concentrate only on paying down your debts, but don’t ignore the need to have a small savings cushion. Washington Post, 7 Sep. 2021 Then there are the impossible-to-ignore youth vaping numbers. Jamie Ducharme, Time, 3 Sep. 2021 In Seeing Differently, the museum's anniversary show, just ignore the wall-label rhetoric and let the good stuff speak for itself. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 2 Sep. 2021 Don’t ignore regular duties or get into a tiff with a co-worker. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 1 Sep. 2021 While some filmmakers set their films in other eras or ignore the technology for the sake of narrative, your characters are on their phones the entire movie, sometimes to their own detriment. Jamie Lang, Variety, 19 Aug. 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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20 Sep 2021

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“Ignore.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ignore. Accessed 26 Sep. 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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