Meaning of ignore


To ignore something is to disregard it. If you ignore the rules of grammar, you’re likely to be misunderstood.

It’s easy to see the relationship between ignore and a word such as ignorant. To be ignorant of something is to know nothing about it. A good way to be ignorant about something is to ignore it. In other words, if you want to be ignorant about a certain subject—that is, if you want to know nothing about it—then by all means ignore it. Pay it no mind.

Definitions of ignore
  1. verb

    refuse to acknowledge


    cut, disregard, snub

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    type of:

    do by, handle, treat

    interact in a certain way

  2. verb

    give little or no attention to


    disregard, neglect

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    disregard intentionally or let pass

  3. verb

    bar from attention or consideration


    brush aside, brush off, discount, dismiss, disregard, push aside

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    cold-shoulder, slight

    pay no attention to, disrespect

    cause to be distrusted or disbelieved
    shrug off

    minimize the importance of, brush aside
    pass off

    flout, scoff

    treat with contemptuous disregard
    turn a blind eye

    refuse to acknowledge
    laugh away, laugh off

    deal with a problem by laughing or pretending to be amused by it

    ignore someone’s wishes
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    refuse to accept or acknowledge

  4. verb

    be ignorant of or in the dark about

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    cognise, cognize, know

    be cognizant or aware of a fact or a specific piece of information; possess knowledge or information about

    be aware of the truth of something; have a belief or faith in something; regard as true beyond any doubt
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  5. verb

    fail to notice

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    mark, note, notice

    notice or perceive

    pass up

    fail to acknowledge

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