Neglect definition

nĭ-glĕkt
To pay little or no attention to; fail to heed; disregard.

Neglected their warnings.

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Lack of sufficient or proper care; negligence; disregard.
noun
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To fail to care for or attend to sufficiently or properly; slight.

To neglect one's family.

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To fail to carry out (an expected or required action) through carelessness or by intention; leave undone.
verb
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The state or fact of being neglected.

The garden fell into neglect.

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To fail to do or carry out, as through carelessness or oversight.

Neglected to return the call.

verb
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Habitual lack of care.

The dog has been subjected to terrible neglect.

noun
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To ignore or disregard.

To neglect the advice of others.

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The action of neglecting.
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Neglect is defined as to ignore or fail to care for someone or something or fail to do something.

An example of neglect is someone not stopping at a red light.

An example of neglect is someone leaving their baby at home alone.

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The state of being neglected.
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The action or status of failing to care for or to maintain something.
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To fail to care for or attend to something.

To neglect duty or business; to neglect to pay debts.

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To omit to notice; to forbear to treat with attention or respect; to slight.

To neglect strangers.

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The act of neglecting.
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The state of being neglected.
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To fail to care for or attend to properly.

Neglects her appearance.

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To fail to do or carry out something due to oversight or carelessness.
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The act or an instance of neglecting something.

Your neglect of my advice will only make matters worse.

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Origin of neglect

  • Latin neglegere neglēct- neg- not ne in Indo-European roots legere to choose, pick up leg- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin neglÄ“ctus, perfect passive participle of neglegō (“make light of, disregard, not to pick up"), a variant of neclegō, itself from nec (“not") + legō (“pick up, select"). Recorded since 1529, as noun since 1588.

    From Wiktionary