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neglect

verb [T] uk   us   /nɪˈɡlekt/
C1 to not give enough care or attention to people or things that are your responsibility: to neglect your appearance/the house He neglects that poor dog - he never takes him for walks or gives him any attention. She's been neglecting her studies this semester.neglect to do sth C2 to not do something, often because you forget: I'd neglected to give him the name of the hotel where I'd be staying. He neglected to mention the fact that we could lose money on the deal.
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neglect

noun [U] uk   us   /nɪˈɡlekt/
C1 a situation in which you do not give enough care or attention to someone or something, or the state of not receiving enough care or attention: Both parents were found guilty of neglect and their child was taken away from them. Over the years the church has fallen into a state of neglect.
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