verb (used with object), ig·nored, ig·nor·ing.
- to refrain from noticing or recognizing: to ignore insulting remarks.
- Law. (of a grand jury) to reject (a bill of indictment), as on the grounds of insufficient evidence.
- to fail or refuse to notice; disregard
- Australian informal disregardto treat someone with ignore
v.1610s, “not to know, to be ignorant of,” from French ignorer “be unaware of,” from Latin ignorare “not to know, disregard” (see ignorant). Sense of “pay no attention to” first recorded 1801 (Barnhart says “probably a dictionary word”), and not common until c.1850. Related: Ignored; ignoring.