ignore Definition

  • 1refuse to take notice of or acknowledge; disregard intentionally
  • 2fail to consider (something significant)
  • 3reject as invalid, especially by legal procedure

Using ignore: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "ignore" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She tried to ignore the pain in her ankle.

  • Example

    He ignored my advice and went ahead with his plan.

  • Example

    The company ignored the safety warnings and continued to operate the faulty machinery.

  • Example

    The teacher ignored the student's disruptive behavior.

ignore Synonyms and Antonyms

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Idioms Using ignore

  • turn a blind eye (to something)

    deliberately ignore or overlook something, especially something that is morally or legally wrong


    The government turned a blind eye to the corruption within its ranks.

  • give (someone) the cold shoulder

    treat someone with deliberate coldness or indifference; snub


    After their argument, he gave her the cold shoulder and refused to speak to her.

  • play dumb

    pretend to be ignorant or unaware of something


    When asked about the missing money, he played dumb and claimed to have no knowledge of it.

Phrases with ignore

  • ignore someone's existence

    pretend that someone does not exist or refuse to acknowledge their presence


    After their argument, she decided to ignore his existence and never speak to him again.

  • avoid discussing or acknowledging an obvious problem or issue


    The team ignored the elephant in the room and failed to address the underlying issues causing their poor performance.

  • fail to recognize or act on warning signs or indications of a problem


    He ignored the signs of his deteriorating health until it was too late.

Origins of ignore

from Latin 'ignorare', meaning 'not to know'


Summary: ignore in Brief

To 'ignore' [igˈnôr] means to intentionally disregard or fail to acknowledge something, such as advice, warnings, or someone's presence. It can also mean to reject something as invalid, especially through legal procedures. Phrases like 'ignore someone's existence' and idioms like 'turn a blind eye' demonstrate different ways of ignoring or overlooking things.

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