UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/nɪˈglɛktɪd/

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
ne•glect /nɪˈglɛkt/USA pronunciation   v. 
  1. to pay no attention or too little attention to:[+ object]They neglected their children.
  2. to fail to give enough care to:[+ object]She neglected her health.
  3. to fail to carry out or perform: [+ object]to neglect the household chores.[+ to + verb]He neglected to answer your invitation

n. [uncountable]
  1. an act or instance of neglecting;
    negligence:The neglect of the property was shameful.
  2. the fact or state of being neglected:a house left in total neglect.
ne•glect•ful, adj.: neglectful of her duties.
ne•glect•ful•ly, adv. See -leg-, -neg-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
ne•glect  (ni glekt),USA pronunciation 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.

  1. an act or instance of neglecting;
    negligence:The neglect of the property was shameful.
  2. the fact or state of being neglected:a beauty marred by neglect.
ne•glected•ly, adv. 
ne•glected•ness, n. 
ne•glecter, ne•glector, n. 
  • Latin neglēctus, variant of neclēctus (past participle of neglegere, neclegere to disregard, ignore, slight), equivalent. to nec not + leg-, base of legere to pick up + -tus past participle suffix
  • 1520–30
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged ignore. See  slight. 
    • 6, 7.See corresponding entry in Unabridged default, inattention, heedlessness.
      Neglect, dereliction, negligence, remissness imply carelessness, failure, or some important omission in the performance of one's duty, a task, etc.
      Neglect and
      negligence are occasionally interchangeable, but
      neglect commonly refers to an instance,
      negligence to the habit or trait, of failing to attend to or perform what is expected or required:gross neglect of duty; negligence in handling traffic problems.Dereliction implies culpable or reprehensible neglect or failure in the performance of duty:dereliction in a position of responsibility.Remissness implies the omission or the careless or indifferent performance of a duty:remissness in filing a report on the accident.
    • 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged attention, care.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
neglect /nɪˈɡlɛkt/ vb (transitive)
  1. to fail to give due care, attention, or time to: to neglect a child
  2. to fail (to do something) through thoughtlessness or carelessness: he neglected to tell her
  3. to ignore or disregard: she neglected his frantic signals
  1. lack of due care or attention; negligence: the child starved through neglect
  2. the act or an instance of neglecting or the state of being neglected
Etymology: 16th Century: from Latin neglegere to neglect, from nec not + legere to select
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Collocations: a neglected [child, boy, girl, puppy], am starting to feel neglected, a commonly neglected [question, issue], more...

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