What does ignore mean?

Definitions for ignore

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word ignore.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ignore, disregard, snub, cutverb

    refuse to acknowledge

    "She cut him dead at the meeting"

  2. dismiss, disregard, brush aside, brush off, discount, push aside, ignoreverb

    bar from attention or consideration

    "She dismissed his advances"

  3. ignoreverb

    fail to notice

  4. neglect, ignore, disregardverb

    give little or no attention to

    "Disregard the errors"

  5. ignoreverb

    be ignorant of or in the dark about


  1. ignoreverb

    To deliberately pay no attention to.

  2. ignoreverb

    Fail to notice.

  3. Etymology: From ignorer, from ignorare, from ignarus, from in + gnarus, from *, noscere; see know.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Ignoreverb

    Not to know; to be ignorant of. This word Boyle endeavoured to introduce; but it has not been received.

    Etymology: ignorer, French; ignoro, Latin.

    I ignored not the stricter interpretation, given by modern criticks to divers texts, by me alleged. Boyle.

    Philosophy would solidly be established, if men would more carefully distinguish those things that they know from those that they ignore. Boyle.


  1. ignore

    Ignoring is the present participle of ignore meaning: "to refuse to pay attention to; disregard".


  1. ignore

    To ignore is to deliberately overlook, pay no attention to, or disregard something or someone. It can also refer to the act of refusing to consider or acknowledge, often due to indifference or nonchalance.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ignoreverb

    to be ignorant of or not acquainted with

  2. Ignoreverb

    to throw out or reject as false or ungrounded; -- said of a bill rejected by a grand jury for want of evidence. See Ignoramus

  3. Ignoreverb

    hence: To refuse to take notice of; to shut the eyes to; not to recognize; to disregard willfully and causelessly; as, to ignore certain facts; to ignore the presence of an objectionable person

  4. Etymology: [L. ignorare; pref. in- not + the root of gnarus knowing, noscere to become acquainted with. See Know, and cf. Narrate.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ignore

    ig-nōr′, v.t. wilfully to disregard: to set aside. [Fr.,—L. ignorāre, not to know—in, not, and gno-, root of (g)noscĕre, to know.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ignore' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3970

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ignore' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2832

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ignore' in Verbs Frequency: #288

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ignore in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ignore in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of ignore in a Sentence

  1. David Rothkopf:

    These leaders test Obama on a regular basis and they have discovered that if they are tough, and they play by their own rules, and they ignore international public opinion, and they ignore statements of the White House's preferences for their behavior, that they can do whatever they want with impunity.

  2. The Republican Party Ryan:

    He had an enormous problem facing this country that he chose to ignore. Now I think he chose to ignore it for ideological reasons more than anything else.

  3. Glenn Foley:

    The applause tells the story, but Goodell should have squashed it immediately and said, ‘We’re in the process of educating players.’ CTE is real. Adams is 20-something years old, stir crazy right now, in the New York spotlight. I don’t blame him for saying that. But to ignore CTE is to ignore the facts. That’s not the message the NFL wants.

  4. Vince Lombardi:

    Once you agree upon the price you and your family must pay for success, it enables you to ignore the minor hurts, the opponent's pressure, and the temporary failures.

  5. Ben Carson:

    It distorts things enormously when the press picks sides, that allows the side they pick to ignore the Constitution, to ignore the laws.

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