Neg·lect v. t. [imp. & p. p. Neglected; p. pr. & vb. n. Neglecting.]
1. Not to attend to with due care or attention; to forbear one's duty in regard to; to allow to pass unimproved, unheeded, undone, etc.; to omit; to disregard; to slight; as, to neglect duty or business; to neglect to pay debts.
My absence doth neglect no great designs. --Shak.
This, my long suffering and my day of grace,
Those who neglect and scorn shall never taste. --Milton.
2. To omit to notice; to forbear to treat with attention or respect; to slight; as, to neglect strangers.
Syn: -- To slight; overlook; disregard; disesteem; contemn. See Slight.
1. Omission of proper attention; avoidance or disregard of duty, from heedlessness, indifference, or willfulness; failure to do, use, or heed anything; culpable disregard; as, neglect of business, of health, of economy.
To tell thee sadly, shepherd, without blame,
Or our neglect, we lost her as we came. --Milton.
2. Omission of attention or civilities; slight; as, neglect of strangers.
3. Habitual carelessness; negligence.
Age breeds neglect in all. --Denham.
4. The state of being disregarded, slighted, or neglected.
Rescue my poor remains from vile neglect. --Prior.
Syn: -- Negligence; inattention; disregard; disesteem; remissness; indifference. See Negligence.
n 1: lack of attention and due care [syn: disregard]
2: the state of something that has been unused and neglected;
"the house was in a terrible state of neglect" [syn: disuse]
3: willful lack of care and attention [syn: disregard]
4: the trait of neglecting responsibilities and lacking concern
[syn: negligence, neglectfulness]
5: failure to act with the prudence that a reasonable person
would exercise under the same circumstances [syn: negligence,
v 1: leave undone or leave out; "How could I miss that typo?";
"The workers on the conveyor belt miss one out of ten"
[syn: pretermit, omit, drop, miss, leave out,
overlook, overleap] [ant: attend to]
2: fail to do something; leave something undone; "She failed to
notice that her child was no longer in his crib"; "The
secretary failed to call the customer and the company lost
the account" [syn: fail]
3: fail to attend to; "he neglects his children"
4: give little or no attention to; "Disregard the errors" [syn: