Definition of ignore verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

        

    ignore

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɪɡˈnɔː(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪɡˈnɔːr//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they ignore
    BrE BrE//ɪɡˈnɔː(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪɡˈnɔːr//
     
    he / she / it ignores
    BrE BrE//ɪɡˈnɔːz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪɡˈnɔːrz//
     
    past simple ignored
    BrE BrE//ɪɡˈnɔːd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪɡˈnɔːrd//
     
    past participle ignored
    BrE BrE//ɪɡˈnɔːd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪɡˈnɔːrd//
     
    -ing form ignoring
    BrE BrE//ɪɡˈnɔːrɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪɡˈnɔːrɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  ignore something to pay no attention to something synonym disregard He ignored all the ‘No Smoking’ signs and lit up a cigarette. I made a suggestion but they chose to ignore it. We cannot afford to ignore their advice. She deliberately ignored my question and changed the subject.
  2. 2  ignore somebody to pretend that you have not seen somebody or that somebody is not there synonym notice She ignored him and carried on with her work. If he tries to start an argument, just ignore him.
  3. Word Origin late 15th cent. (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 cent.Extra examples He blithely ignored her protests and went on talking as if all were agreed between them. He continued eating, deciding to ignore her. He preferred to ignore these comments. Her mother’s opinions on how babies should be cared for were freely given and duly ignored. Hill wilfully ignored the conventions of the banking world. I shrugged, pretending to ignore him. I’ve learned to ignore all of my sister’s hurtful comments. It would be foolish to ignore them completely. Jason had managed to ignore a lot of the pressure for most of his career. People seem very willing to ignore the risks. Safety guidelines had been blatantly ignored. Safety standards are widely ignored in the industry. Scientists have tended to ignore these creatures. She sat at her desk and studiously ignored me. Shona basically ignored her. Social services routinely ignore the problems facing at-risk young women. The diesel fumes from Oxford’s buses are not easily ignored. The government has simply ignored the problem altogether. The group politely ignored her remark. The judge chose to ignore the views of the doctors. The managers have conveniently ignored these statistics. The pernicious effect of this advertising on children is a problem that we ignore at our peril. The press typically ignores a problem until it causes a crisis. These people occupy such a marginal position in society that the authorities think they can be safely ignored. a look of disapproval which he promptly ignored a warning the president cannot afford to ignore
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