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ignore

[ig-nawr, -nohr]
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verb (used with object), ig·nored, ig·nor·ing.
  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.
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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 formsig·nor·a·ble, adjectiveig·nor·er, nounun·ig·nor·a·ble, adjectiveun·ig·nor·a·bly, adverbun·ig·nored, adjectiveun·ig·nor·ing, adjectivewell-ig·nored, adjective

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1. overlook; slight, disregard, neglect.

Antonyms

1. notice, regard.
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  • Ignoring his wild shouts they crunched to powder all his giant bones.

  • "We must make haste, Miss Calendar," said Kirkwood, ignoring the implication.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

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

    The Channings

    Mrs. Henry Wood

  • "What an old darling he is," murmured Jennie, ignoring his protests.

  • She went on with her reading, ignoring him, and he stood there not knowing how to get away.


British Dictionary definitions for ignoring

ignore

verb (tr)
  1. to fail or refuse to notice; disregard
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noun
  1. Australian informal disregardto treat someone with ignore
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Derived Formsignorable, adjectiveignorer, 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

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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