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neglect

ne·glect

neglect

 
 
pronunciation:
n glekt
parts of speech:
transitive verb, noun
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: neglected, neglecting, neglects
definition 1: to pay too little or no attention to.
She neglected the doctor's advice.
synonyms:
disregard, ignore, overlook, pretermit, slight
antonyms:
attend, heed, regard
similar words:
avoid, pass up, shun, snub
definition 2: to fail to take proper care of.
He neglects his health.
synonyms:
forget, shun
antonyms:
baby, care, cherish, coddle, foster, look after, maintain, mollycoddle, nurture, pamper, provide, support, tend, watch
similar words:
abandon, desert
definition 3: to fail to do or perform.
The soldier neglected his duty.The tenant neglected to clean the apartment before moving out.I feel bad that I neglected to send a birthday card to my mother.He neglected to pay his bills and consequently hurt his credit score.
synonyms:
avoid, default, evade, omit, pretermit, shirk, slack
antonyms:
fulfill, keep, remember
similar words:
forget, forgo, ignore, let slide
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: an act, instance, or result of neglecting.
The house was in terrible condition after years of neglect.
synonyms:
carelessness, default, disregard, evasion, inattention, laxity, negligence, omission, oversight, slackness
antonyms:
care, nurture, painstaking, support
similar words:
dereliction, indifference, passivity, slight, snub
definition 2: the condition of being neglected.
The tools lay in neglect.
synonyms:
abandonment, disuse
similar words:
failure, omission
derivations: neglectedly (adv.), neglectedness (n.), neglecter (n.)
Word History
The origin of the word neglect is neglectus, a Latin word that means "to not pick up or select."
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Word Parts
The word neglect contains the following part:
leg2, lect1, lig Latin root that means gather; choose; read