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
    synonyms: 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
    synonyms: disregard, neglect
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    types:
    pretermit
    disregard intentionally or let pass
  3. verb
    bar from attention or consideration
    synonyms: brush aside, brush off, discount, dismiss, disregard, push aside
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    cold-shoulder, slight
    pay no attention to, disrespect
    discredit
    cause to be distrusted or disbelieved
    shrug off
    minimize the importance of, brush aside
    pass off
    disregard
    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
    disoblige
    ignore someone's wishes
    type of:
    reject
    refuse to accept or acknowledge
  4. verb
    be ignorant of or in the dark about
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    Antonyms:
    cognise, cognize, know
    be cognizant or aware of a fact or a specific piece of information; possess knowledge or information about
    know
    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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    Antonyms:
    mark, note, notice
    notice or perceive
    types:
    pass up
    fail to acknowledge
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