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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.
 I hope
 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.