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neglectverb [T]

uk   /nɪˈɡlekt/  us   /nɪˈɡlekt/
C1 to not give enough ​care or ​attention to ​people or things that are ​yourresponsibility: to neglect ​yourappearance/the ​house He neglects that ​poordog - 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 ​losemoney 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 ​foundguilty of neglect and ​theirchild 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 ​neededcare or ​attention to someone or something: [T] She had neglected the ​program and ​allowedstudentinterest 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 ​sorrystate of neglect.
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