ignore

verb
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 ignorable (audio) \ adjective
ignorer noun

Choose the Right Synonym for ignore

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

Last Wednesday, after the worst day of rioting and protests Hong Kong had seen for many years, Lam -- after days of publicly ignoring the crisis enveloping her -- made an appearance on Hong Kong television, crying during the interview. Fionnuala Mchugh, CNN, "Carrie Lam was supposed to unite Hong Kong. Instead she brought chaos," 17 June 2019 Reportedly accompanying these economic woes are an uptick in violence and political unrest that’s now hard to ignore. Jessica Eise, The Conversation, "How an aid gusher helped and hurt Liberia," 14 June 2019 The couple accused each other of ignoring court orders and threatened to hurt one another in front of their five children. Fox News, "Dive teams search Connecticut pond for missing mother Jennifer Dulos," 13 June 2019 To ignore the good is rarely prudent and is certainly not conservative. Declan Leary, National Review, "Catholics vs. Libertarians in the 1960s," 11 June 2019 In the context of all that has recently happened, this latest scandal might seem easy to ignore in comparative magnitude. Erik Sherman, Fortune, "Remember Options Backdating? Nissan Gets Caught Using a Very Old CEO Pay Trick," 11 June 2019 Critics have accused her of ignoring widespread opposition to the extradition law amendments. NBC News, "Hong Kong to push ahead with extradition changes that sparked huge protest," 10 June 2019 And speaking of imprisonment: Will any of these people be punished for ignoring subpoenas? Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: “Where Are the Protests? I Don’t See Any Protests!”," 9 June 2019 Increasingly, however, the region’s governments seem wilfully to ignore international rules. The Economist, "Disgruntled investors are losing patience with central Europe," 8 June 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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The first known use of ignore was in 1801

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ignore

verb

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)

ignore

verb
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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