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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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  • ignoring the brass, he turned to her and brushed his lips across hers.

    The Plague Teddy Keller
  • "It was Arthur's hour for college," remarked Hamish, ignoring the rest of the sentence.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • ignoring this for the moment, he turned to a smaller tube set upright on a table at the far end of the room.

    Spawn of the Comet Harold Thompson Rich
  • She went on with her reading, ignoring him, and he stood there not knowing how to get away.

    One Day's Courtship Robert Barr
  • He was silent, gazing with dark eyes on Marius, ignoring his wife.

    The Rake's Progress Marjorie Bowen
British Dictionary definitions for ignoring


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 ignoring



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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