verb ig·nore \ig-ˈnr\

: to refuse to show that you hear or see (something or someone)

: to do nothing about or in response to (something or someone)


Full Definition of IGNORE

transitive verb
:  to refuse to take notice of
:  to reject (a bill of indictment) as ungrounded
ig·nor·able \-ˈnr-ə-bəl\ adjective
ig·nor·er noun

Origin of IGNORE

obsolete ignore to be ignorant of, from French ignorer, from Latin ignorare, from ignarus ignorant, unknown, from in- + gnoscere, noscere to know — more at know
First Known Use: 1801

Synonym Discussion of IGNORE

neglect, disregard, ignore, overlook, slight, forget mean to pass over without giving due attention. neglect implies giving insufficient attention to something that merits one's attention <habitually neglected his studies>. disregard suggests voluntary inattention <disregarded the wishes of his family>. ignore implies a failure to regard something obvious <ignored the snide remark>. overlook suggests disregarding or ignoring through haste or lack of care <in my rush I overlooked a key example>. slight implies contemptuous or disdainful disregarding or omitting <slighted several major authors in her survey>. forget may suggest either a willful ignoring or a failure to impress something on one's mind <forget what others say>.
IGNORE Defined for Kids


verb ig·nore \ig-ˈnr\

Definition of IGNORE for Kids

:  to pay no attention to <I ignored her rude remark.>


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