Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of neglegere, negligere, from neg- 'not' + legere 'to gather'


1 verb
ne‧glect1 [transitive]
1 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 to 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).

neglect to do something

formal to not do something:
You neglected to mention that they had a second album released during 1991.

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