neglect

verb
ne·​glect | \ ni-ˈglekt How to pronounce neglect (audio) \
neglected; neglecting; neglects

Definition of neglect

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to give little attention or respect to : disregard The building has been neglected for years.
2 : to leave undone or unattended to especially through carelessness The prison guard neglected his duty.

neglect

noun

Definition of neglect (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act or instance of neglecting something
2 : the condition of being neglected

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Other Words from neglect

Verb

neglecter noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for neglect

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Noun

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Verb

neglect, disregard, ignore, overlook, slight, forget mean to pass over without giving due attention. neglect implies giving insufficient attention to something that merits one's attention. habitually neglected his studies disregard suggests voluntary inattention. disregarded the wishes of his family ignore implies a failure to regard something obvious. ignored the snide remark overlook suggests disregarding or ignoring through haste or lack of care. in my rush I overlooked a key example slight implies contemptuous or disdainful disregarding or omitting. slighted several major authors in her survey forget may suggest either a willful ignoring or a failure to impress something on one's mind. forget what others say

Examples of neglect in a Sentence

Verb The building has been neglected for years. The city has neglected the teacher shortage for too long. The prison guard neglected his duty. Noun The park was overgrown and littered from years of neglect. The parents were charged with child neglect. The house is in a state of neglect.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Don't neglect your financial foundation Stock market investing is important — and one of the best ways to build long-term wealth. Russ Wiles, USA TODAY, "New investors beware: The easy money you made in the stock market probably won't continue," 18 Apr. 2021 Lastly, don’t neglect proper care in between regular sharpenings every three months to a year. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, "How to Sharpen a Knife (in 8 Simple Steps)," 10 Feb. 2021 And yet, company leaders frequently neglect to invest in the right precautions. Townsend Belisle, Forbes, "Stop, Drop And Post: How Social Media Supports Emergency Preparedness Plans For Investor Relations," 19 Apr. 2021 Meanwhile, the Recording Academy has continued to neglect the many artists making huge strides in both English- and Spanish-language markets, recognizing just a few Latin categories and including few Latinx artists in the telecasts. Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: Selena fans wanna know: Where was the Grammys tribute?," 14 Mar. 2021 Without such costs, experts said, the power suppliers will continue to neglect preparations, with predictable consequences. Washington Post, "Billions in damage across the South prompts focus on who’s to blame, and who will pay," 20 Feb. 2021 Many female borrowers neglect to shop around for the best deal, Boyaggi says, an oversight that can translate into thousands of dollars of extra costs over the life of a loan. al, "Women pay more for mortgages in Alabama than almost any other state," 1 Apr. 2021 Mainstream media outlets often neglect these communities and the issues important to them. NBC News, "How Biden can undo the divisions Trump deepened in immigrant communities," 1 Feb. 2021 The number of these reports that DCF does not consider abuse or neglect — despite the serious allegations some contain — has surged over the past five years. USA Today, "Foster kids starved, beaten and molested, reports show. Few caregivers are punished.," 18 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The shelter specializes in animals rescued from slaughterhouses and live markets as well as neglect, abuse and abandonment, according to its website. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, "Brooklyn homeowner calls 911 after finding flock of sheep in backyard," 1 May 2021 Pet friendly: The best way to end animal neglect, abuse and abandonment is through humane education — especially among children. San Antonio Express-News, "Express Briefing: Parents who help trans kids transition could face charges," 29 Apr. 2021 Like a corset and a torso, a chain-link fence and a persistent tree, a Bundt pan and a bowlful of batter; by erosion, constriction, neglect, lack of planning, surfeit of planning. Ena Alvarado, The Atlantic, "Elizabeth McCracken on Laughing at Weddings," 8 Apr. 2021 Many are challenged by poverty, neglect, encroaching oil production, and lack of safe water. courier-journal.com, "Navigating the pandemic has not easy for Louisville nonprofit MedWater, which brings safe water to remote Amazon communities.," 26 Mar. 2021 The first is a tragic portrait of childhood neglect, horrific spousal abuse and private suffering. NBC News, "Oscar-winning directors of Tina Turner documentary on doing justice to her story," 20 Mar. 2021 Nearly 200 callers complained of medical neglect, including cases where child welfare workers dropped off children at foster homes without informing caregivers of the kids’ medical needs. USA Today, "Foster kids starved, beaten and molested, reports show. Few caregivers are punished.," 18 Mar. 2021 Educational opportunities for those most blighted are drowning in a sea of neglect, ideological rectitude and acquiescence to the demands of teachers unions. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "Meghan and Harry: Aristocratic Victims for Our Times," 8 Mar. 2021 Most people who struggle with substance abuse have experienced neglect, childhood trauma or poverty, said Andrae Bailey, founder of the Opioid Project. Hannah Phillips, orlandosentinel.com, "‘A blessing in disguise’: Seminole jail addiction treatment program made stronger by pandemic," 7 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of neglect

Verb

1529, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for neglect

Verb

borrowed from Latin neglēctus, past participle of neglegere, neclegere "to disregard, do nothing about, fail to care for," from nec "not" (probably from ne- "not" + -ce, deictic element, going back to Indo-European *ḱe, *ḱi) + legere "to gather, select, read" — more at no entry 1, he entry 1, legend

Note: The Latin formative nec in this word and (with invariable voicing) in negō, negāre "to deny" (see negate) and negōtium "business, difficulty" (see negotiate) is presumably identical with Old Latin nec "not" and distinct from nec as a reduced form of neque "and not."

Noun

borrowed from Latin neglēctus, from neglegere, neclegere "to disregard, do nothing about, neglect entry 1" + -tus, suffix of verbal action

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“Neglect.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/neglect. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for neglect

neglect

verb

English Language Learners Definition of neglect

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to fail to take care of or to give attention to (someone or something)
: to fail to do (something)

neglect

noun

English Language Learners Definition of neglect (Entry 2 of 2)

: lack of attention or care that someone or something needs
: the condition of not being taken care of

neglect

verb
ne·​glect | \ ni-ˈglekt How to pronounce neglect (audio) \
neglected; neglecting

Kids Definition of neglect

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to fail to give the right amount of attention to The property has been neglected.
2 : to fail to do or look after especially because of carelessness She neglected to say goodbye.

neglect

noun

Kids Definition of neglect (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : lack of attention or care to something or someone neglect of duty
2 : the state of not being looked after or given attention The house suffers from neglect.

Choose the Right Synonym for neglect

Verb

neglect and disregard mean to pass over something without giving it any or enough attention. neglect is used when a person does not give, whether deliberately or not, enough attention to something that deserves or requires attention. You have been neglecting your homework. disregard is used for deliberately overlooking something usually because it is not considered worth noticing. He disregarded the “keep out” sign.

neglect

noun
ne·​glect

Legal Definition of neglect

: a disregard of duty resulting from carelessness, indifference, or willfulness especially : a failure to provide a child under one's care with proper food, clothing, shelter, supervision, medical care, or emotional stability — compare abuse sense 2, negligence

Other Words from neglect

neglect transitive verb
neglectful adjective

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