ADV. altogether, completely, entirely, quite, totally | almost, practically, virtually | largely | generally | just, simply The government has simply ignored the problem altogether. | consistently | apparently | duly Her mother's opinions on how babies should be cared for were freely given and duly ignored. | easily The diesel fumes from Oxford's buses are not easily ignored. | conveniently (ironic) The managers have conveniently ignored these statistics. | blatantly Safety guidelines had been blatantly ignored. | assiduously, carefully, deliberately, determinedly, pointedly, resolutely, steadfastly, studiously She sat at her desk and studiously ignored me. | blithely, cheerfully He blithely ignored her protests and went on talking as if all were agreed between them. | coldly
VERB + IGNORE cannot (afford to) a warning the prime minister cannot afford to ignore | be difficult to, be hard to, be impossible to | tend to Scientists have tended to ignore these creatures. | try to | choose to The judge chose to ignore the views of the doctors.
PHRASES be widely ignored Safety standards are widely ignored in the industry. | ignore sth at your peril The pernicious effect of this advertising on children is a problem that we ignore at our peril. | ignore the fact that … Did you think I'd ignore the fact that you were suffering from shock? | sth can be safely ignored (ironic) These people occupy such a marginal position in society that the authorities think they can be safely ignored.