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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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  • Nolan asked, trying to ignore the sinking feeling in his stomach.

    The Sex Life of the Gods Michael Knerr
  • If the dolls dance exquisitely we should ignore the man who pulls the wires.

    The Green Carnation Robert Smythe Hichens
  • "I've already done it, Jim," the general chose to ignore the outburst.

    Progress Report Mark Clifton
  • He was twenty-one, and tall and strong, so that he was able to ignore Big Tom.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • He had engaged himself to her so much that, simply to ignore her would be cowardly as well as false.

    John Caldigate Anthony Trollope
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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