Definition of ignore in English:

ignore

verb

[with object]
  • 1Refuse to take notice of or acknowledge; disregard intentionally.

    ‘he ignored her outraged question’
    • ‘She has been sulking since she climbed out of the bed, ignoring me and refusing to answer my questions.’
    • ‘The travellers have been issued with a court summons after they ignored an earlier removal notice.’
    • ‘Sadly, despite complaints, Tesco takes no notice and continues to ignore the public.’
    • ‘She flipped her mobile shut, walked past us and down the corridor, intentionally ignoring Alice and Tony.’
    • ‘They may choose to terminate friendships if they perceive that a partner refuses to share or ignores their feelings.’
    • ‘She deliberately ignores the conversation and refuses to listen to the audible words.’
    • ‘He had wilfully ignored notices posted on the train arguing that the by-laws were invalid.’
    • ‘Ideologues of left and right have tended to acknowledge one and ignore the other.’
    • ‘He then breezed past the fans on his way to the clubhouse, ignoring the pleas for acknowledgment from behind the ropes.’
    • ‘I was speaking so softly, especially as they had all been ignoring me so intently before.’
    • ‘I picked up the flower and walked out of the room, ignoring the intent stares on me.’
    • ‘He ignores the weather, intent on arriving at his second destination.’
    • ‘Catherine Street were largely ignoring shoplifting and simply passing its cost on to their customers.’
    • ‘My boyfriend is not too keen on them, but the Professor just shrugs and ignores him.’
    • ‘He considered ignoring his mother's cry but when his father and sisters joined in, he looked back to see what they had to say.’
    • ‘Back again to last summer and Varga was being ignored by his national team, Slovakia.’
    • ‘Jack completely ignored what she had just asked and continued without letting her finish.’
    • ‘Unbelievably, all this heroism was virtually ignored by the press and Hollywood.’
    • ‘You totally ignored his pleas you should stop, leaving him to bleed to death.’
    • ‘To wind up in court, employers must have blatantly ignored the warnings issued by labour inspectors.’
    disregard, take no notice of, pay no attention to, pay no heed to, pass over, shut one's eyes to, be oblivious to, turn a blind eye to, turn a deaf ear to, brush aside, shrug off, push aside, never mind
    snub, slight, spurn, shun, disdain, look right through, look past, turn one's back on, give someone the cold shoulder, cold-shoulder, freeze out, steer clear of
    set aside, pay no attention to, take no account of, veto
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    1. 1.1Fail to consider (something significant)
      ‘the rules ignore one important principle of cricket’
      • ‘He failed to consider or ignored some important aspects of my evidence.’
      • ‘Essex motorists are widely ignoring new rules banning the use of hand held mobiles in cars, figures released by police reveal.’
      • ‘To accuse France and Germany of ignoring the rules is simply to repeat a slanderous allegation often put forward as fact.’
      • ‘This ignores a major principle of tests like these - eliminating bias.’
      • ‘The Bosnian government was accused of disregarding local legislation and ignoring human rights.’
      • ‘The Scots were able to ignore these failings in brushing aside the feeblest of Welsh challenges a fortnight ago.’
      • ‘A further factor which calls the current figures into question is ignoring students who study abroad.’
      • ‘We won't agree with it, and it is not a question of ignoring it, and a dialogue should be carried on.’
      • ‘Allardyce is not ignoring the European question, just taking care not to tempt fate with careless talk.’
      • ‘All of this is true so far as it goes, but it ignores the one big question: Who is going to pay for all of this?’
      • ‘It is inequitable because it ignores the question of how many people have to be supported from any one individual's earnings.’
      • ‘This is another example of a failed initiative that ignores the core questions.’
      • ‘None ignores the crucial question of how their institution is likely to be changed by enlargement.’
      • ‘For another, it entirely ignores the question of how many people who voted Tory last time are going Lib Dem this time.’
      • ‘In fact most of the analysis and policy discussion on the environment ignores the question of gender inequalities.’
      • ‘However, the debate over proper procedure ignores the most obvious question.’
      • ‘In spite of much literature that ignores the question, it cannot be infinite.’
      • ‘It ignores the fundamental economic question of whether patents for computer software promote innovation.’
      • ‘At the same time, ignoring political questions means actually weakening our ability to fight on economic issues.’
      • ‘Much of that ignorance is wilful, when facts are ignored and minds closed to reality.’

Origin

Late 15th century (in the sense ‘be ignorant of’): from French ignorer or Latin ignorare ‘not know, ignore’, from in- ‘not’ + gno-, a base meaning ‘know’. Current senses date from the early 19th century.

Pronunciation

ignore

/ɪɡˈnɔː/