Pronunciation: (ni-glekt'), [key]
1. to pay no attention or too little attention to; disregard or slight: The public neglected his genius for many years.
2. to be remiss in the care or treatment of: to neglect one's family; to neglect one's appearance.
3. to omit, through indifference or carelessness: to neglect to reply to an invitation.
4. to fail to carry out or perform (orders, duties, etc.): to neglect the household chores.
5. to fail to take or use: to neglect no precaution.
1. an act or instance of neglecting; disregard; negligence: The neglect of the property was shameful.
2. the fact or state of being neglected: a beauty marred by neglect.
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