neglect


neglect
[[t]nɪgle̱kt[/t]]
neglects, neglecting, neglected
1) VERB If you neglect someone or something, you fail to look after them properly.

[V n] The woman denied that she had neglected her child...

[V n] Feed plants and they grow, neglect them and they suffer.

[V-ed] ...an ancient and neglected church.

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N-UNCOUNT
Neglect is also a noun.

The town's old quayside is collapsing after years of neglect... Niwano's business began to suffer from neglect.

2) VERB If you neglect someone or something, you fail to give them the amount of attention that they deserve.

[V n] He'd given too much to his career, worked long hours, neglected her...

[V n] If you are not careful, children tend to neglect their homework.

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neglected ADJ-GRADED v-link ADJ, ADJ n, ADJ after v

The fact that she is not coming today makes her grandmother feel lonely and neglected.

... a neglected aspect of London's forgotten history...

The journal she had begun lay neglected on her bedside table.

3) VERB If you neglect to do something that you ought to do or neglect your duty, you fail to do it.

[V to-inf] We often neglect to make proper use of our bodies...

[V n] They never neglect their duties, and they care for their children conscientiously.

4) benign neglectsee benign

English dictionary. 2008.

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