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

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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 As the ninth edition of Forter’s Fraud Attack Index (registration required) revealed last September, people new to e-commerce are more likely to employ weak passwords and neglect best practices like two-factor authentication. Zac Cohen, Forbes, 27 Sep. 2021 Members of the committee — male and female — uniformly expressed outrage at the abuse and neglect these young women endured. Steven P. Dinkin, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Sep. 2021 Medical staff in the Southeast Asian nation last month protested low pay, delayed benefits and government neglect as near-record high daily cases overwhelmed hospitals. BostonGlobe.com, 22 Sep. 2021 For a low-maintenance living thing, Mr. London recommends a ZZ (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) plant, which slowly grows vertically and tolerates neglect. Allison Duncan, WSJ, 22 Sep. 2021 The Justice Department on Tuesday launched a sweeping investigation into the Georgia state prison system plagued by extreme staffing shortages and a culture of violence and neglect in which at least 44 inmates have died by homicide since last year. Laura L. Davis, USA TODAY, 14 Sep. 2021 Read about the signs of child abuse and neglect at dcf.wisconsin.gov/cps/signs. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 Sep. 2021 Ambition on environmental factors, however, should not neglect the social and governance dimensions, which are more difficult to evaluate but are meaningful to a company’s future competitiveness. Hiro Mizuno, Fortune, 6 Oct. 2021 Since then, the CPUC and a federal judge have found that PG&E has continued to neglect its equipment, leading to more fires. Scott Morris, ProPublica, 30 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And those factors are also at play in Milwaukee, which is known to be one of the country’s most segregated cities, with the brunt of the city’s violent crime occurring in predominantly Black neighborhoods stricken by poverty and neglect. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 18 Oct. 2021 Peterson, 58, is charged with 10 counts of child neglect with bodily harm for staying outside the building instead of finding and stopping Nikolas Cruz. Rafael Olmeda, sun-sentinel.com, 16 Oct. 2021 Many in the country accuse them of incompetence, corruption and neglect, saying their poor governance collapsed the economy and contributed to the mismanagement at the port that led to last year’s blast. Nazih Osseiran, WSJ, 14 Oct. 2021 The film stands on a bit of marketing magic, positing itself as a major success of rescue — stressing the footage’s decades-long neglect while glossing over a previous attempt at the project. New York Times, 12 Oct. 2021 Dan Williams had no comment on the finding of medical neglect. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, 11 Oct. 2021 Which makes us as guilty of neglect and dismissiveness as Ted and everyone else who has condescended to Nate. Jen Chaney, Vulture, 8 Oct. 2021 Mental health is tied to critical moments of brain development, which can be affected by factors such as toxic stress triggered by adverse childhood experiences, like physical and emotional abuse, chronic neglect and violence. Maryanne Murray Buechner, Forbes, 5 Oct. 2021 Denial of science, a health system marked by neglect, massive disparities between rich & poor and black & white, cruelty & bullying, unmourned losses. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 5 Oct. 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 27 Oct. 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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