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.
adj 1: disregarded; "his cries were unheeded"; "Shaw's neglected
one-act comedy, `A Village Wooing'"; "her ignored
advice" [syn: ignored, unheeded]
2: lacking a caretaker; "a neglected child"; "many casualties
were lying unattended" [syn: unattended]