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verb [transitive] neglect pronunciation in British English /nɪˈɡlekt/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleneglecting
past tenseneglected
past participleneglected
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  1. 1
    to fail to look after 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. 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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