Definition of neglect verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    neglect

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//nɪˈɡlekt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//nɪˈɡlekt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they neglect
    BrE BrE//nɪˈɡlekt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//nɪˈɡlekt//
     
    he / she / it neglects
    BrE BrE//nɪˈɡlekts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//nɪˈɡlekts//
     
    past simple neglected
    BrE BrE//nɪˈɡlektɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//nɪˈɡlektɪd//
     
    past participle neglected
    BrE BrE//nɪˈɡlektɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//nɪˈɡlektɪd//
     
    -ing form neglecting
    BrE BrE//nɪˈɡlektɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//nɪˈɡlektɪŋ//
     
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  1. 1neglect somebody/something to fail to take care of somebody/something She denies neglecting her baby. The buildings had been neglected for years. Don’t neglect your health. See related entries: How a building looks
  2. 2neglect something to not give enough attention to something Dance has been neglected by television. She has neglected her studies.
  3. 3neglect to do something (formal) to fail or forget to do something that you ought to do synonym omit You neglected to mention the name of your previous employer.
  4. see also negligence
    More Like This Verbs usually followed by infinitives afford, agree, appear, arrange, attempt, beg, choose, consent, decide, expect, fail, happen, hesitate, hope, intend, learn, manage, mean, neglect, offer, prepare, pretend, promise, refuse, swear, try, want, wishSee worksheet. Word Origin early 16th cent.: from Latin neglect- ‘disregarded’, from the verb neglegere, from neg- ‘not’ + legere ‘choose, pick up’.Extra examples Local communities have been neglected in favour of private sector interests. These are subjects generally neglected by historians. They conveniently neglected their responsibilities. This sector is one of the major growth areas and we cannot afford to neglect it. an aspect of the problem conspicuously neglected by social scientists
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