Meaning of “neglect” in the English Dictionary

"neglect" in English

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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.
noun [ U ] us /nɪˈɡlekt/

The park was in a sorry state of neglect.

(Definition of “neglect” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)