neglect

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin neglēctus, perfect passive participle of neglegō (make light of, disregard, not to pick up), a variant of neclegō, itself from nec (not) + legō (pick up, select). Recorded since 1529, as noun since 1588.

Verb[edit]

neglect (third-person singular simple present neglects, present participle neglecting, simple past and past participle neglected)

  1. (transitive) To fail to care for or attend to something.
    to neglect duty or business; to neglect to pay debts
    • Shakespeare
      I hope / My absence doth neglect no great designs.
    • Milton
      This, my long suffering and my day of grace, / Those who neglect and scorn shall never taste.
  2. (transitive) To omit to notice; to forbear to treat with attention or respect; to slight.
    to neglect strangers
  3. (transitive) To fail to do or carry out something due to oversight or carelessness.

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Noun[edit]

neglect (countable and uncountable, plural neglects)

  1. The act of neglecting.
  2. The state of being neglected.
  3. Habitual lack of care.

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