Meaning of “ignore” in the English Dictionary

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"ignore" in British English

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ignoreverb [ T ]

uk /ɪɡˈnɔːr/ us /ɪɡˈnɔːr/

B2 to intentionally not listen or give attention to:

She can be really irritating but I try to ignore her.
Safety regulations are being ignored by company managers in the drive to increase profits.
How can the government ignore the wishes of the majority?
I smiled at her but she just ignored me.

More examples

  • The management's decision to ignore the safety warnings demonstrated a remarkable lapse of judgment.
  • I didn't ignore her intentionally - I just didn't recognize her.
  • They feel angry that their complaints were ignored.
  • Many people feel that the prime minister spends too much time on foreign trips and is ignoring domestic problems.
  • Most shops are ignoring the government's edict against Sunday trading.

(Definition of “ignore” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ignore" in American English

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ignoreverb [ T ]

us /ɪɡˈnɔr, -ˈnoʊr/

to give no attention to something or someone:

They ignored our warnings.
The mayor ignored the hecklers and went on with her speech.

(Definition of “ignore” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)