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[ig-nawr, -nohr] /ɪgˈnɔr, -ˈnoʊr/
verb (used with object), ignored, ignoring.
1.
to refrain from noticing or recognizing:
to ignore insulting remarks.
2.
Law. (of a grand jury) to reject (a bill of indictment), as on the grounds of insufficient evidence.
Origin
1605-1615
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
Synonyms
1. overlook; slight, disregard, neglect.
Antonyms
1. notice, regard.
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Examples from the web for ignored
  • The stuff that people used to watch or listen to largely because there was little else on is increasingly being ignored.
  • Researchers had ignored such behavior because it seemed unimportant--rats being rats.
  • In his early career, he ignored cats entirely, focusing instead on insects.
  • In doing so, board members ignored pleas from college history professors and other experts that the vote be delayed.
  • Before the remodel, the outdoor space in back was virtually ignored.
  • It is the only surface link between two countries that have traditionally ignored each other.
  • But newspaper accounts of his discovery were widely ignored.
  • Perhaps they too preserve some cells or other minute details that have been ignored.
  • Base remains mostly unknown to the public and largely ignored.
  • What the markets blithely ignored was the day's bad news.
British Dictionary definitions for ignored

ignore

/ɪɡˈnɔː/
verb (transitive)
1.
to fail or refuse to notice; disregard
noun
2.
(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 ignored

ignore

v.

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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