What does neglect mean?

Definitions for neglect
nɪˈglɛktne·glect

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. disregard, neglectnoun

    lack of attention and due care

  2. neglect, disusenoun

    the state of something that has been unused and neglected

    "the house was in a terrible state of neglect"

  3. disregard, neglectnoun

    willful lack of care and attention

  4. negligence, neglect, neglectfulnessnoun

    the trait of neglecting responsibilities and lacking concern

  5. negligence, carelessness, neglect, nonperformanceverb

    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, overleapverb

    leave undone or leave out

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

  7. fail, neglectverb

    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. neglectverb

    fail to attend to

    "he neglects his children"

  9. neglect, ignore, disregardverb

    give little or no attention to

    "Disregard the errors"

Wiktionary

  1. neglectnoun

    The act of neglecting.

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

  2. neglectnoun

    The state of being neglected.

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

  3. neglectnoun

    Habitual lack of care.

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

  4. neglectverb

    To disregard or pay little attention to something.

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

  5. neglectverb

    To fail to care for, or attend to something.

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

  6. neglectverb

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

    Etymology: 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. Neglectadverb

    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. Neglectadverb

    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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Neglect

    neg-lekt′, v.t. to treat carelessly, pass by without notice: to omit by carelessness.—n. disregard: slight: omission.—adj. Neglect′able, that may be neglected.—ns. Neglect′edness; Neglect′er.—adj. Neglect′ful, careless: accustomed to omit or neglect things: slighting.—adv. Neglect′fully.—n. Neglect′fulness.—adj. Neglect′ible.—adv. Neglect′ingly, carelessly: heedlessly. [L. negligĕre, neglectumnec, not, legĕre, to gather.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. neglect

    A charge not exceeding £3, from the wages of a seaman, in the Complete Book, for any part of the ship's stores lost overboard, or damaged, from his gross carelessness.

Editors Contribution

  1. neglect

    Neglect (verb)meaning to give little attention or fail to do.

    Neglect is to disregard the important invitation of a high in rank officer.

    Submitted by pinkss5 on October 21, 2015  

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of neglect in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of neglect in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of neglect in a Sentence

  1. Ehsan Sehgal:

    If you neglect to chew your food rightly, you invite serious health risks and problems.

  2. David Stevenson:

    We try to identify broader trends about quality of care, but specifically identifying abuse and neglect can be challenging, broadly speaking, I think there have been a lot of quality improvements in nursing home care over the last few decades.

  3. Barbra Streisand:

    The moral immune system of this country has been weakened and attacked, and the AIDS virus is the perfect metaphor for it. The malignant neglect of the last twelve years has led to breakdown of our country's immune system, environmentally, culturally, politically, spiritually and physically.

  4. Samuel Smiles:

    It will generally be found that men who are constantly lamenting their ill luck are only reaping the consequences of their own neglect, mismanagement, and improvidence, or want of application.

  5. Prime Minister Tamam Salam:

    This was a catastrophe that was a result of years and years of neglect.

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  • اهمال, إهمالArabic
  • negligir, negligènciaCatalan, Valencian
  • zanedbat, zanedbáníCzech
  • Vernachlässigung, Nachlässigkeit, missachtenGerman
  • αμελώ, παραμελώGreek
  • perecear, negligencia, descuidarSpanish
  • välinpitämättömyysFinnish
  • négligence, négligerFrench
  • faillíIrish
  • הזנחהHebrew
  • elhanyagolásHungarian
  • omettere, negligenza, negligere, mancare, ignorare, tralasciareItalian
  • 怠慢Japanese
  • 등한, 소홀, 태만Korean
  • neglegō, oblīvīscorLatin
  • whakahapa, whakangongo, iwikoretangaMāori
  • negeren, verwaarlozing, onzorgvuldigheid, verzaken, nalatigheid, verwaarlozen, nalaten, zorgeloosheidDutch
  • zaniedbywać, zaniedbaćPolish
  • negligência, negligenciarPortuguese
  • a nu ține cont de, neglijaRomanian
  • пренебрежение, запускать, небрежность, упускать, забрасывать, пренебрегатьRussian
  • zanedbaťSlovak
  • försummelse, försummaSwedish

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