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neglect

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of neglect

  1. 1 the state of being unattended to or not cared for for years the barn sat in neglect until one day it finally fell down Synonyms of neglect desolation, dilapidation, disrepair, seediness Words Related to neglect inattention, negligence; abandonment, desertion; decay, decrepitude, dereliction, deterioration, disintegration, dumpiness, ruin, ruination Near Antonyms of neglect conservation, preservation, upkeep Antonyms of neglect keeping, repair

  2. 2 the nonperformance of an assigned or expected action your ongoing neglect of your health is going to land you in the hospital someday Synonyms of neglect default, delinquency, dereliction, misprision, failure, negligence, nonfeasance, oversightWords Related to neglect carelessness, heedlessness, inadvertence, inadvertency, laxityNear Antonyms of neglect compliance, discharge, fulfillment (or fulfilment)


neglect

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of neglect

  1. 1 to fail to give proper attention to as usual the news media neglected the real issues of the campaign and focused on personalities Synonyms of neglect bypass, disregard, forget, ignore, overlook, overpass, pass over, slight, slur (over) Words Related to neglect fail; miss, omit; brush (aside or off), reject, shrug off, slough (off) also sluff (off); disdain, pooh-pooh (also pooh), scorn; scant, skimp Near Antonyms of neglect appreciate, cherish, prize, treasure, value; cultivate, foster, nurse, nurture; pamper; remember; listen (to), watch; follow, mark, note, notice, observe, remark Antonyms of neglect attend (to), heed, mind, regard, tend (to)

  2. 2 to leave undone or unattended to especially through carelessness I've neglected my garden, and now it's overgrown with weeds Synonyms of neglect forget, shirk Words Related to neglect slack (off) Near Antonyms of neglect carry out, do, execute, perform; accomplish, achieve; keep up, maintain Antonyms of neglect attend (to), remember

  3. 3 to miss the opportunity or obligation conveniently, the job applicant neglected to mention his criminal record Synonyms of neglect fail, forget, omit Words Related to neglect disregard, ignore, overlook, overpass, pass over, pretermit, slight; slide, slip; default; skip Phrases miss out on Near Antonyms of neglect heed, mind, remember; keep, observe; carry out, do, execute, perform, practice (also practise); discharge, fulfill (or fulfil), meet, satisfy; comply (with)

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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