Try Our Apps


Gobble up these 8 terms for eating


[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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for ignored
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • He ignored the ring of hostile faces about him and calmly bit into the banana.

    Starman's Quest Robert Silverberg
  • Mabel must have begun to believe that we had ignored her prayer and meant to do nothing.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • Let me congratulate you upon the fortitude and courage with which you have ignored those lying reports of my death.

    The Double Four E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Donny in that mood was not to be easily placated, and certainly not to be ignored.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • But the fact that she was a girl, a woman, was ignored or used as a matter for contempt against her.

    The Rainbow D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
British Dictionary definitions for ignored


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for ignored



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Word Value for ignored

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for ignored