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ignore

[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 of ignore
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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  • There was a masterful quality in his declaration, which seemed to ignore her negation.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • Active opposition I could fight; but the tactics are now to ignore me.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • I resolved to ignore them as far as possible: to treat them, that is to say, as modes of imperfection.

    De Profundis Oscar Wilde
  • Mulready seemed to ignore Calendar and address himself to the captain.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • And his instinct told him withal that he must ignore her mood if he would win her from it.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
British Dictionary definitions for ignore

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 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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