neglect Definition

  • 1fail to care for properly
  • 2disregard or ignore (something)

Using neglect: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "neglect" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The parents were accused of neglecting their children.

  • Example

    He neglected his studies and failed the exam.

  • Example

    She neglected her health and now she's sick.

  • Example

    The company neglected to inform its employees about the new policy.

neglect Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for neglect

Idioms Using neglect

  • a child who is not given enough attention, care, or love


    The social worker found the child living in squalor, a clear case of a neglected child.

  • neglect the details

    fail to pay attention to the small or important aspects of something


    He neglected the details of the contract and ended up losing money.

  • neglect the basics

    fail to learn or practice the fundamental skills or knowledge of something


    If you neglect the basics of math, you will struggle in advanced courses.

Phrases with neglect

  • neglect one's duty

    fail to fulfill one's responsibilities


    He was fired for neglecting his duty.

  • fail to take care of one's own needs or well-being


    She neglected herself and ended up in the hospital.

  • failure to provide adequate care or protection resulting in harm or death


    The owner of the building was charged with criminal neglect after the fire.

Origins of neglect

from Latin 'neglectus', meaning 'not chosen, disregarded'


Summary: neglect in Brief

To 'neglect' [nɪˈɡlɛkt] means to fail to care for properly or disregard something. It can refer to a wide range of contexts, from personal health to professional responsibilities, as in 'The company neglected to inform its employees about the new policy.' 'Neglect' can also be used in phrases like 'neglect one's duty' and idioms like 'neglect the details,' which imply a failure to pay attention to important aspects.

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