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English definition of “neglect”

neglect

verb [T]     /nɪˈɡlekt/
C1 to not give enough care or attention to people or things that are your responsibility: to neglect your appearance/the garden He neglects that poor dog - he never takes him for walks or gives him any attention. I'm afraid I've rather neglected my studies this week.Neglecting and ignoringNot paying attentionTreating as unimportantTreating people or animals badlyInsults and abuseUnkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressive 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.Failing and doing badly
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