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[ig-nawr, -nohr] /ɪgˈnɔr, -ˈnoʊr/
verb (used with object), ignored, ignoring.
to refrain from noticing or recognizing:
to ignore insulting remarks.
Law. (of a grand jury) to reject (a bill of indictment), as on the grounds of insufficient evidence.
Origin of ignore
1605-15; < Latin ignōrāre to not know, disregard, verbal derivative of ignārus ignorant, unaware (with -ō- perhaps from ignōtus unknown), equivalent to in- in-3 + gnārus knowing, acquainted (with); akin to (g)nōscere to know1
Related forms
ignorable, adjective
ignorer, noun
unignorable, adjective
unignorably, adverb
unignored, adjective
unignoring, adjective
well-ignored, adjective
1. overlook; slight, disregard, neglect.
1. notice, regard. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for ignore
  • The freedom gave him courage to meet any contradiction, and intelligence enough to ignore it.
  • Parents ignore the advice of doctors and experts and refuse to vaccinate their children against deadly diseases.
  • In addition to routinely rejecting a twin, panda moms have been known to ignore single cubs.
  • It is not the job of archaeologists to bracket off and ignore evidence.
  • Females are protective of their cubs but tend to ignore family rivalry over food.
  • Therefore, if you receive any invoices after you have already paid, please ignore them.
  • Though they may occasionally feed in the same grounds, they tend to ignore each other.
  • Many times people will see you, then ignore you because they have to concentrate on what they are doing.
  • Neither of the other two dogs do this, and we've tried to ignore her during these episodes, but that doesn't work.
  • Not content merely to ignore the science, they have decided to go after the scientists.
British Dictionary definitions for ignore


verb (transitive)
to fail or refuse to notice; disregard
(Austral, informal) disregard: to treat someone with ignore
Derived Forms
ignorable, adjective
ignorer, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin ignōrāre not to know, from ignārus ignorant of, from i-in-1 + gnārus knowing; related to Latin noscere to know
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Word Origin and History for ignore

1610s, "not to know, to be ignorant of," from French ignorer "be unaware of," from Latin ignorare "not to know, disregard" (see ignorant). Sense of "pay no attention to" first recorded 1801 (Barnhart says "probably a dictionary word"), and not common until c.1850. Related: Ignored; ignoring.

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