Meaning of neglect

ne•glect

Pronunciation: (ni-glekt'), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to pay no attention or too little attention to; disregard or slight: The public neglected his genius for many years.
  2. to be remiss in the care or treatment of: to neglect one's family; to neglect one's appearance.
  3. to omit, through indifference or carelessness: to neglect to reply to an invitation.
  4. to fail to carry out or perform (orders, duties, etc.): to neglect the household chores.
  5. to fail to take or use: to neglect no precaution.
—n.
  1. an act or instance of neglecting; disregard; negligence: The neglect of the property was shameful.
  2. the fact or state of being neglected: a beauty marred by neglect.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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