I. transitive verb Etymology: Latin neglectus, past participle of neglegere, neclegere, from nec- not (akin to ne- not) + legere to gather — more at no, legend Date: 1529 1. to give little attention or respect to ; disregard 2. to leave undone or unattended to especially through carelessness • neglecter noun Synonyms: neglect, disregard, ignore, overlook, slight, forget mean to pass over without giving due attention. neglect implies giving insufficient attention to something that merits one's attention <
habitually neglected his studies
. disregard suggests voluntary inattention <
disregarded the wishes of his family
. ignore implies a failure to regard something obvious <
ignored the snide remark
. overlook suggests disregarding or ignoring through haste or lack of care <
in my rush I overlooked a key example
. slight implies contemptuous or disdainful disregarding or omitting <
slighted several major authors in her survey
. forget may suggest either a willful ignoring or a failure to impress something on one's mind <
forget what others say
. II. noun Date: 1588 1. an act or instance of neglecting something 2. the condition of being neglected

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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