ignore

[ ig-nawr, -nohr ]
/ ɪgˈnɔr, -ˈnoʊr /

verb (used with object), ig·nored, ig·nor·ing.

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.

Nearby words

  1. ignoramus,
  2. ignorance,
  3. ignorance is bliss,
  4. ignorant,
  5. ignoratio elenchi,
  6. ignotum per ignotius,
  7. igorot,
  8. igraine,
  9. iguana,
  10. iguanid

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

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British Dictionary definitions for ignore

ignore

/ (ɪɡˈnɔː) /

verb (tr)

to fail or refuse to notice; disregard

noun

Australian informal disregardto treat someone with ignore
Derived Formsignorable, adjectiveignorer, noun

Word Origin for ignore

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

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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