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neglect

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verb ne·glect \ni-ˈglekt\

Definition of neglect

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to give little attention or respect to :  disregard

  3. 2 :  to leave undone or unattended to especially through carelessness

neglecter

noun

Examples of neglect in a sentence

  1. The building has been neglected for years.

  2. The city has neglected the teacher shortage for too long.

  3. The prison guard neglected his duty.

Origin and Etymology of neglect

Latin neglectus, past participle of neglegere, neclegere, from nec- not (akin to ne- not) + legere to gather — more at no, legend


First Known Use: 1529

Synonym Discussion of neglect

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>.

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neglect

noun ne·glect

Definition of neglect

  1. 1 :  an act or instance of neglecting something

  2. 2 :  the condition of being neglected

Examples of neglect in a sentence

  1. The park was overgrown and littered from years of neglect.

  2. The parents were charged with child neglect.

  3. The house is in a state of neglect.

1588

First Known Use of neglect

1588


NEGLECT Defined for English Language Learners

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neglect

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verb ne·glect \ni-ˈglekt\

Definition of neglect for English Language Learners

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

  • : to fail to do (something)


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neglect

noun ne·glect

Definition of neglect for English Language Learners

  • : lack of attention or care that someone or something needs

  • : the condition of not being taken care of


NEGLECT Defined for Kids

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neglect

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verb ne·glect \ni-ˈglekt\

Definition of neglect for Students

neglected

neglecting

  1. 1 :  to fail to give the right amount of attention to <The property has been neglected.>

  2. 2 :  to fail to do or look after especially because of carelessness <She neglected to say goodbye.>


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neglect

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noun ne·glect

Definition of neglect for Students

  1. 1 :  lack of attention or care to something or someone <neglect of duty>

  2. 2 :  the state of not being looked after or given attention <The house suffers from neglect.>


Law Dictionary

neglect

noun ne·glect

Legal Definition of neglect

  1. :  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 2, negligence

neglect

transitive verb

neglectful

adjective


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