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[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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  • But Aggie was not one to be ignored under any circumstances.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • Mabel must have begun to believe that we had ignored her prayer and meant to do nothing.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • I did not know until I escaped from Jackson that it was you who ignored my presence there.

    The Rock of Chickamauga

    Joseph A. Altsheler

  • "And the one who ignored your presence at Jackson," said Miss Woodville.

    The Rock of Chickamauga

    Joseph A. Altsheler

  • Donny in that mood was not to be easily placated, and certainly not to be ignored.

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower

British Dictionary definitions for ignored


verb (tr)
  1. to fail or refuse to notice; disregard
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  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 ignored



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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