neglect Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

Definition of “neglect” - English Dictionary

"neglect" in American English

See all translations

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







"neglect" in British English

See all translations

neglectverb [T]

uk   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.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

neglectnoun [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 ​foundguilty of neglect and ​theirchild was taken away from them. Over the ​years the ​church has ​fallen into a ​state of neglect.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

(Definition of neglect from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of neglect?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

procession

a line of people who are all walking or travelling in the same direction, especially in a formal way as part of a religious ceremony or public celebration

Word of the Day

I used to work hard/I’m used to working hard (Phrases with ‘used to’)
I used to work hard/I’m used to working hard (Phrases with ‘used to’)
by Kate Woodford,
February 10, 2016
On this blog, we like to look at words and phrases in the English language that learners often have difficulty with. Two phrases that can be confused are ‘used to do something’ and ‘be used to something/doing something’. People often use one phrase when they mean the other, or they use the wrong

Read More 

farecasting noun
farecasting noun
February 08, 2016
predicting the optimum date to buy a plane ticket, especially on a website or using an app A handful of new and updated websites and apps are trying to perfect the art of what’s known as farecasting – predicting the best date to buy a ticket.

Read More