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verb [transitive] neglect pronunciation in American English /nəˈɡlekt/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleneglecting
past tenseneglected
past participleneglected

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  1. 1
    to fail to take care of someone when you are responsible for them
    parents who neglect their children
    1. a.
      to fail to give someone enough love, attention, or support
      What do you think of a man who neglects his wife?
    2. b.
      to fail to take care of a place, for example a house or garden
      The building has been neglected for years.
  2. 2
    to fail to do something that you should do
    He couldn’t neglect his duties as an officer.
    neglect to do something: She had neglected to inform me that the company was having financial problems.
  3. 3
    to fail to pay attention to something such as an idea or a work of art
    Often in the past the issue of disability has been neglected.
    His work has been badly neglected.

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