- to pay no attention or too little attention to; disregard or slight: The public neglected his genius for many years.
- to be remiss in the care or treatment of: to neglect one's family; to neglect one's appearance.
- to omit, through indifference or carelessness: to neglect to reply to an invitation.
- to fail to carry out or perform (orders, duties, etc.): to neglect the household chores.
- to fail to take or use: to neglect no precaution.
- an act or instance of neglecting; disregard; negligence: The neglect of the property was shameful.
- the fact or state of being neglected: a beauty marred by neglect.
Origin of neglect
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Examples from the Web for neglected
The adopted children, then 18 months and 2.5 years old, came to the family abused and neglected, Wisner says.Judge: Rehoming Kids Is Trafficking
December 30, 2014
The opposite phenomenon also occurs: neglected writers who ascend to prominence only posthumously.The Birth of the Novel
November 27, 2014
“So many kids from institutionalized settings come to us abused and neglected,” he said.Couple Sues Over Russian ‘Bait-and-Switch’ Adoption of Disabled Kids
October 30, 2014
But while every American knows the song, the battle and the war it describes have been neglected by history.The Presidential Hopeful Obsessed With the War of 1812
September 9, 2014
In this reading, all glory goes to Reagan and the contributions made by Democrats are neglected.Communism's Victims Deserve a Museum
August 25, 2014
Why he neglected to include the way of a maid with a man is not at once apparent.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Did I tell you that her heart went out especially after the neglected?Ester Ried Yet Speaking
Here was an opportunity not to be neglected, and it was eagerly seized upon.
The hamlet itself, like most villages of the Lozre, has a neglected appearance.
He commands that this should be done, and by no means be neglected and despised.An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism
- to fail to give due care, attention, or time toto neglect a child
- to fail (to do something) through thoughtlessness or carelessnesshe neglected to tell her
- to ignore or disregardshe neglected his frantic signals
- lack of due care or attention; negligencethe child starved through neglect
- the act or an instance of neglecting or the state of being neglected
Word Origin and History for neglected
"not treated with proper attention," c.1600, past participle adjective from neglect (v.).
1520s, from Latin neglectus, past participle of neglegere "to make light of, disregard, be indifferent to, not heed, not trouble oneself about," literally "not to pick up," variant of neclegere, from Old Latin nec "not" (see deny) + legere "pick up, select" (see lecture (n.)). Related: Neglected; neglecting.
1580s, from neglect (v.) or from Latin neglectus "a neglecting," noun use of past participle of neglegere.