verb (used with object)
to pay no attention or too little attention to; disregard or slight: The public neglected his genius for many years.
to be remiss in the care or treatment of: to neglect one's family; to neglect one's appearance.
to omit, through indifference or carelessness: to neglect to reply to an invitation.
to fail to carry out or perform (orders, duties, etc.): to neglect the household chores.
to fail to take or use: to neglect no precaution.
an act or instance of neglecting; disregard; negligence: The neglect of the property was shameful.
the fact or state of being neglected: a beauty marred by neglect.

1520–30; < Latin neglēctus, variant of neclēctus (past participle of neglegere, neclegere to disregard, ignore, slight), equivalent to nec not + leg-, base of legere to pick up + -tus past participle suffix

neglectedly, adverb
neglectedness, noun
neglecter, neglector, noun
overneglect, verb (used with object)
preneglect, verb (used with object)
quasi-neglected, adjective
self-neglect, adjective
self-neglecting, adjective
unneglected, adjective

1. ignore. See slight. 6, 7. default, inattention, heedlessness. Neglect, dereliction, negligence, remissness imply carelessness, failure, or some important omission in the performance of one's duty, a task, etc. Neglect and negligence are occasionally interchangeable, but neglect commonly refers to an instance, negligence to the habit or trait, of failing to attend to or perform what is expected or required: gross neglect of duty; negligence in handling traffic problems. Dereliction implies culpable or reprehensible neglect or failure in the performance of duty: dereliction in a position of responsibility. Remissness implies the omission or the careless or indifferent performance of a duty: remissness in filing a report on the accident.

6. attention, care. Unabridged
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neglect (nɪˈɡlɛkt)
1.  to fail to give due care, attention, or time to: to neglect a child
2.  to fail (to do something) through thoughtlessness or carelessness: he neglected to tell her
3.  to ignore or disregard: she neglected his frantic signals
4.  lack of due care or attention; negligence: the child starved through neglect
5.  the act or an instance of neglecting or the state of being neglected
[C16: from Latin neglegere to neglect, from nec not + legere to select]

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Word Origin & History

1529, from L. neglectus, pp. of neglegere "to make light of, disregard," lit. "not to pick up," variant of neclegere, from Old L. nec "not" (see deny) + legere "pick up, select" (see lecture). The noun is first attested 1588.
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Example sentences
The neglect is partly due to the narrowness of the general historian.
His gray hair is tousled, and his beard has the longish look of neglect.
His dirty blonde hair was mussed in a calculated way that required far more
  product than neglect.
Lots of people around here neglect grammar.
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