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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.
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 ignoring
  • They're made with the same plants we've been ignoring.
  • But he's ignoring the fact that people don't necessarily want to solve puzzles on their own.
  • And that's ignoring the danger posed by the estimated half-million smaller pieces of debris the size of a marble or larger.
  • In hindsight, ignoring those warnings looks foolhardy.
  • ignoring that evidence and the work of the two committees, his colleagues rallied around him and campaigned to exonerate him.
  • ignoring internal equity issues will only ensure that the new hire will join a department of sullen and grumbling colleagues.
  • They walked away with what they thought was a sure-fire, signed contract, ignoring some subtle negative signs.
  • Enforcing all the outstanding deportation orders might generate as much bad publicity as ignoring them.
  • To keep costs down, firms have maximised their loads, often ignoring weight limits imposed for safety reasons.
  • His wildly time-saving tactics include riding on the wrong side of the road and ignoring red lights.
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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