- 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.
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Contemporary Examples of neglecting
He begins drinking heavily, neglecting his family, and accusing his wife of having an affair.Ethan Hawke's 'Good Kill': A Searing Indictment of America's Drone Warfare Obsession
September 6, 2014
And that was, neglecting the fact that they were sitcom characters, a “real” gay couple.Modern Family’s Big, Gay (and Important) Wedding
May 22, 2014
Her candidacy set off a controversy about whether she was neglecting her children, in particular her special-needs baby.The Right Subjects Wendy Davis to Litmus Tests No Male Would Ever Face
January 24, 2014
More often than not, neglecting moves such as the squat or dreaded deadlift can lead to higher chance of injury.Why You Should Train Like an Athlete (Even If You Aren’t One)
December 20, 2013
They have spent every petrodollar they got, neglecting investment in favor of other projects.
Historical Examples of neglecting
What is to be said about neglecting to warn or assist others?An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism
I have been neglecting my work, I fear, and so you were quite right in speaking.Jennie Baxter, Journalist
Is neglecting to mature your mind, my boy, exactly the way to win the race?Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
In neglecting this duty our parents and teachers commit a veritable crime.The Sexual Question
"I never mentioned it to any of ye, for I was neglecting her," he went on.The Universal Reciter
- 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 for neglect
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.