• IPA: /nɪˈɡlɛkt/

neglect (neglects, present participle neglecting; past and past participle neglected)

  1. (transitive) To fail to care for or attend to something.
    to neglect duty or business;  to neglect to pay debts
    • c. 1593, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedy of Richard the Third: […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene iv]:
      I hope / My absence doth neglect no great designs.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 3”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      This, my long sufferance and my day of grace, / Those who neglect and scorn, shall never taste.
  2. (transitive) To omit to notice; to forbear to treat with attention or respect; to slight.
    to neglect strangers
  3. (transitive) To fail to do or carry out something due to oversight or carelessness.
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  1. The act of neglecting.
  2. The state of being neglected.
  3. Habitual lack of care.
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