From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishneglectne‧glect1 /nɪˈɡlekt/ ●●○ verb [transitive] 1 LOOK AFTER SB#to fail to look after someone or something properly She smoked and drank, neglected the children, and left the clothes unmended. a neglected garden The building has been badly neglected.2 IGNOREto pay too little attention to something Many of these ideas have been neglected by modern historians. The police officer was accused of neglecting his duty (=not doing everything he should).3 → neglect to do something→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusneglect• Each year 700,000 children are abused or neglected.• Some anglers use three rods, but I have found that at least one of these tends to be neglected.• This is only true in deep space when the gravitational force can be neglected.• My career was all-important, and my family got neglected.• Staff at the hostel were accused of neglecting and abusing children in their care.• He was neglected by his parents when he was very young.• The President had been criticized for neglecting domestic issues.• Students today can not so easily neglect financial worries as their predecessors twenty years before.• Most of its partisans had focused mainly on military actions, neglecting political efforts necessary to mobilize mass support.• Antiracists have pointed out that in privileging prejudice and attitudes the multiculturalists have neglected racism as embedded in structures and institutions.• Some teachers devote too much time to helping their slower students and neglect the brighter ones.• Soon, Barker was neglecting the farm and spending most of his time in the casino.• Four security guards were accused of neglecting their duties.neglectneglect2 ●●○ noun [uncountable] 1 LOOK AFTER SB#failure to look after something or someone, or the condition of not being looked afterneglect of Tenants are complaining about the landlord’s neglect of the property.years/decades/centuries etc of neglect After years of neglect, the roads were full of potholes. The whole district had an air of abandonment and neglect.2 failure to pay proper attention to somethingneglect of Five officers were court-martialled for cowardice or neglect of duty.
Examples from the Corpusneglect• increases in homelessness, child abuse and neglect• Cases of child abuse and neglect seem to be increasing in number.• Child abuse and neglect continue despite early, thoughtful, and often costly intervention.• Birds can fly away, but buildings stay to suffer the consequences of environmental neglect.• Lieutenant Bradley was demoted to sergeant for neglect of duty.• She had suffered, she said, from his neglect.• He alleges that the orphanages have allowed children to die from medical neglect.• The inner cities are in a state of neglect.• All these signs, of course, are only indicators that should alert reasonable educators to the possibility of abuse or neglect.• That was a scandalous neglect of the interests of those customers and it will not be repeated under this Government.• Many people are deeply concerned about the neglect of crofting land.• And by the neglect of the long hot summer.• This neglect becomes more serious as services becomes more important in the economy.neglect of• Employees complained of the company's neglect of safety standards.Origin neglect1 (1500-1600) Latin past participle of neglegere, negligere, from neg- “not” + legere “to gather”