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.
- ne·glect·ed·ly, adverb
- ne·glect·ed·ness, noun
- ne·glect·er, ne·glec·tor, noun
- o·ver·ne·glect, verb (used with object)
- pre·ne·glect, verb (used with object)
- qua·si-ne·glect·ed, adjective
- self-ne·glect, adjective
- self-ne·glect·ing, adjective
- un·ne·glect·ed, adjective
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How to use neglect in a sentence
In addition to facing neglect and abuse, Stewart lost her access to counseling because of the move, she said.Her Stepfather Admitted to Sexually Abusing Her. That Wasn’t Enough to Keep Her Safe. | by Nadia Sussman | September 18, 2020 | ProPublica
The result is an unconscionable neglect of some of the world’s most vulnerable people.Why I signed a letter to Ivanka Trump urging her to protect human trafficking survivors | jakemeth | September 2, 2020 | Fortune
These skills develop poorly in young kids who face trauma, such as physical abuse or neglect.
Instead, state inspectors were told to focus on infection control and “immediate jeopardy” complaints linked to allegations of resident abuse, neglect or death.Confirmed Nursing Home Complaints Plummet During Pandemic | Jared Whitlock | August 25, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
Her death was its own tragedy, a function of the medical neglect of the elderly that has become all too common in our nation.Departure from convention—mom, baseball, the postal worker, and patriotism | jakemeth | August 19, 2020 | Fortune
“Too often the injustices neglect nameless faces and stories,” Dandolo writes in an email.Of Cuban Spies, a Baby, and a Filmmaker: The Strange Tale of the Cuban Five | Nina Strochlic | December 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Those who neglect or mistrust him may be punished--indeed may deserve to be.
As Victoria spoke, my heart broke as it does every time I hear stories of patient neglect.
Police in Hampshire must now decide whether to extradite the Kings back to England and file kidnapping and neglect charges.Desperate Parents Arrested After Fleeing Britain For Other Treatment Options for Son in Europe | Barbie Latza Nadeau | September 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Now their son has been taken from them and they face criminal charges of neglect and child endangerment.Desperate Parents Arrested After Fleeing Britain For Other Treatment Options for Son in Europe | Barbie Latza Nadeau | September 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I think that there has been neglect and laxity in the matter of not driving out the Japanese.
“Ill-usage” expresses the date of the death of Columbus in 1506, as he died in great neglect.Assimilative Memory | Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
He could not complain of the neglect of mankind, or of the ingratitude of those he served.
The position was irremediable; Tom's neglect and inefficiency were established beyond question.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
But in spite of this the neglect rankled, and from that day he was no longer the blindly devoted follower of Napoleon.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
British Dictionary definitions for neglect
to fail to give due care, attention, or time to: to neglect a child
to fail (to do something) through thoughtlessness or carelessness: he neglected to tell her
to ignore or disregard: she neglected his frantic signals
lack of due care or attention; negligence: the child starved through neglect
the act or an instance of neglecting or the state of being neglected
- neglecter or neglector, noun
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