Definitions for neglectnɪˈglɛkt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to pay no attention or too little attention to; disregard or slight.

  2. to be remiss in the care of:

    to neglect one's appearance.

  3. to omit, as through indifference or carelessness:

    to neglect to reply to an invitation.

  4. to fail to carry out or perform:

    to neglect the household chores.

  5. (n.)an act or instance of neglecting; negligence:

    The neglect of the property was shameful.

  6. the fact or state of being neglected:

    a beauty marred by neglect.

* Syn: See slight.

Origin of neglect:

1520–30; < L neglēctus, var. of neclēctus, ptp. of neglegere, neclegere to disregard, ignore, slight =nec not +legere to pick up

Princeton's WordNet

  1. disregard, neglect(noun)

    lack of attention and due care

  2. neglect, disuse(noun)

    the state of something that has been unused and neglected

    "the house was in a terrible state of neglect"

  3. disregard, neglect(noun)

    willful lack of care and attention

  4. negligence, neglect, neglectfulness(noun)

    the trait of neglecting responsibilities and lacking concern

  5. negligence, carelessness, neglect, nonperformance(verb)

    failure to act with the prudence that a reasonable person would exercise under the same circumstances

  6. neglect, pretermit, omit, drop, miss, leave out, overlook, overleap(verb)

    leave undone or leave out

    "How could I miss that typo?"; "The workers on the conveyor belt miss one out of ten"

  7. fail, neglect(verb)

    fail to do something; leave something undone

    "She failed to notice that her child was no longer in his crib"; "The secretary failed to call the customer and the company lost the account"

  8. neglect(verb)

    fail to attend to

    "he neglects his children"

  9. neglect, ignore, disregard(verb)

    give little or no attention to

    "Disregard the errors"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. neglect(verb)əglˈɛkt

    to fail to take care of or pay attention to

    owners who neglect their pets; a building that has been neglected; Poetry is often neglected in our schools.

  2. neglectəglˈɛkt

    to not do sth or forget to do sth

    He neglected to mention that he had no money.; a soldier who neglects his duties

  3. neglect(noun)əglˈɛkt

    the state of being neglected

    his neglect of his duties; the government's neglect of our education system; neglected children


  1. neglect(Noun)

    The act of neglecting.

  2. neglect(Noun)

    The state of being neglected.

  3. neglect(Noun)

    Habitual lack of care.

  4. neglect(Verb)

    To disregard or pay little attention to something.

  5. neglect(Verb)

    To fail to care for, or attend to something.

  6. neglect(Verb)

    To fail to do or carry out something due to oversight or carelessness.

  7. Origin: From neglectus, perfect passive participle of neglego, a variant of neclego, itself from nec + lego. Recorded since 1529, as noun since 1588.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Neglect(adverb)

    not to attend to with due care or attention; to forbear one's duty in regard to; to suffer to pass unimproved, unheeded, undone, etc.; to omit; to disregard; to slight; as, to neglect duty or business; to neglect to pay debts

  2. Neglect(adverb)

    to omit to notice; to forbear to treat with attention or respect; to slight; as, to neglect strangers

  3. Neglect

    omission of proper attention; avoidance or disregard of duty, from heedlessness, indifference, or willfulness; failure to do, use, or heed anything; culpable disregard; as, neglect of business, of health, of economy

  4. Neglect

    omission if attention or civilities; slight; as, neglect of strangers

  5. Neglect

    habitual carelessness; negligence

  6. Neglect

    the state of being disregarded, slighted, or neglected

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'neglect' in Verbs Frequency: #911

Translations for neglect

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to treat carelessly or not give enough attention to

He neglected his work.

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