from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To pay little or no attention to; fail to heed; disregard: neglected their warnings.
  • transitive v. To fail to care for or attend to properly: neglects her appearance.
  • transitive v. To fail to do or carry out, as through carelessness or oversight: neglected to return the call.
  • n. The act or an instance of neglecting something.
  • n. The state of being neglected.
  • n. Habitual lack of care.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To disregard or pay little attention to something.
  • v. To fail to care for, or attend to something.
  • v. To fail to do or carry out something due to oversight or carelessness.
  • n. The act of neglecting.
  • n. The state of being neglected.
  • n. Habitual lack of care.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Omission of proper attention; avoidance or disregard of duty, from heedlessness, indifference, or willfulness; failure to do, use, or heed anything; culpable disregard.
  • n. Omission of attention or civilities; slight.
  • n. Habitual carelessness; negligence.
  • n. The state of being disregarded, slighted, or neglected.
  • transitive v. 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
  • transitive v. To omit to notice; to forbear to treat with attention or respect; to slight.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To treat carelessly or heedlessly; forbear to attend to or treat with respect; be remiss in attention or duty toward; pay little or no attention to; slight: as, to neglect one's best interests; to neglect one's friends.
  • To overlook or omit; disregard: as, the difference is so small that it may be neglected.
  • To omit to do or perform; let slip; leave undone; fail through heedlessness to do or in doing (something): often with an infinitive as object.
  • . To cause to be neglected or deferred.
  • Synonyms Neglect, Disregard, Slight. Slight always expresses intention: it applies to persons or things. Neglect and disregard apply more often to things, and may or may not express intention; disregard is more often intentional than neglect. Only neglect may be followed by an infinitive: as, to neglect to write a letter; among things it generally applies to action that is needed, while disregard commonly applies to failure to heed or notice: as, to disregard counsel, a hint, a request, the lessons of experience, the signs of coming rain; to neglect a duty. See negligent and negligence.
  • Neglected.
  • n. The act of neglecting; the act of treating with slight attention, heedlessness, or disrespect some person or thing that requires attention, care, or respect.
  • n. Omission; oversight; the not doing a thing that should or might be done.
  • n. Disregard; slight; omission of due attention or civilities.
  • n. Negligence; habitual want of regard.
  • n. The state of being disregarded.
  • n. Synonyms Failure, default, heedlessness.
  • n. 1, 3, and Remissness, etc. See negligence.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. fail to do something; leave something undone
  • n. lack of attention and due care
  • n. willful lack of care and attention
  • n. the trait of neglecting responsibilities and lacking concern
  • v. give little or no attention to
  • v. fail to attend to
  • n. the state of something that has been unused and neglected
  • v. leave undone or leave out
  • n. failure to act with the prudence that a reasonable person would exercise under the same circumstances


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Latin neglegere, neglēct- : neg-, not; see ne in Indo-European roots + legere, to choose, pick up; see leg- in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin neglēctus, perfect passive participle of neglegō ("make light of, disregard, not to pick up"), a variant of neclegō, itself from nec ("not") + legō ("pick up, select"). Recorded since 1529, as noun since 1588.


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