ig·​nore ig-ˈnȯr How to pronounce ignore (audio)
ignored; ignoring

transitive verb

: to refuse to take notice of
: to reject (a bill of indictment) as ungrounded
ignorable 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

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web However, with 34,600 of them on Meta’s payroll, it’s not something Zuckerberg could ignore. Quartz, 9 Nov. 2022 Companies that ignore the warning and use emotion recognition software for important decisions—such as screening job applicants or detecting fraud—could face fines, Stephen Bonner, ICO’s deputy commissioner, told The Guardian. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 1 Nov. 2022 The Defense Department can withhold retirement pay from those who ignore the rules. Nate Jones, Washington Post, 18 Oct. 2022 This comical costume would be fun for confident dogs who would either ignore it or have fun trying to shake off their rider. Madison Yauger, Peoplemag, 18 Oct. 2022 The Defense Department can withhold retirement pay from those who ignore the rules. Craig Whitlock And Nate Jones, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Oct. 2022 It’s not something the international community should ignore, experts warn, just because someone pledging to do better is in charge. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 17 Oct. 2022 Under French law, workers who ignore such an order could face a €10,000 ($9,700) fine or six months imprisonment. Hanna Ziady, CNN, 12 Oct. 2022 Overall, Tennessee's track record is difficult to ignore. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, 31 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1801, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of ignore was in 1801

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Cite this Entry

“Ignore.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ignore. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition



ig·​nore ig-ˈnō(ə)r How to pronounce ignore (audio)
ignored; ignoring
: to refuse to notice : pay no attention to
ignored his advice
-ˈnō(ə)r-ə-bəl How to pronounce ignore (audio)
ignorer noun

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