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neglectverb [T]

uk   /nɪˈɡlekt/ 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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neglectnoun [U]

uk   /nɪˈɡlekt/ 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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(Definition of neglect from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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neglectverb [I/T]

us   /nɪˈɡlekt/
to fail to give needed care or attention to someone or something: [T] She had neglected the program and allowed student interest in it to fall off. [I] He neglected to tell his employer that he would be taking the day off.
neglect
noun [U] us   /nɪˈɡlekt/
The park was in a sorry state of neglect.
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