[ 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.

Origin of ignore

First recorded in 1605–15; from Latin ignōrāre “to not know, disregard,” verb 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

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Opposites for ignore

Other words from ignore

  • ig·nor·a·ble, adjective
  • ig·nor·er, noun
  • un·ig·nor·a·ble, adjective
  • un·ig·nor·a·bly, adverb
  • un·ig·nored, adjective
  • un·ig·nor·ing, adjective
  • well-ig·nored, adjective

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How to use ignore in a sentence

  • Things-plus-me is the only knowable, and consequently the only 'ignorable.'

    James Frederick Ferrier | Elizabeth Sanderson Haldane
  • The law of ignorance hence is that 'we can be ignorant only of what can be known,' or 'the knowable is alone the ignorable.'

    James Frederick Ferrier | Elizabeth Sanderson Haldane
  • After everything in the world had been done to make her as harmless as possible, she still remained non-ignorable.

    Nonsenseorship | G. G. Putnam and Others

British Dictionary definitions for ignore


/ (ɪɡˈnɔː) /

  1. to fail or refuse to notice; disregard

  1. Australian informal disregard: to treat someone with ignore

Origin of ignore

C17: from Latin ignōrāre not to know, from ignārus ignorant of, from i- in- 1 + gnārus knowing; related to Latin noscere to know

Derived forms of ignore

  • ignorable, adjective
  • ignorer, noun

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