• You've neglected your work
    You've neglected your work
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v neglect leave undone or leave out "How could I miss that typo?","The workers on the conveyor belt miss one out of ten"
    • v neglect fail to attend to "he neglects his children"
    • v neglect give little or no attention to "Disregard the errors"
    • v neglect fail to do something; leave something undone "She failed to notice that her child was no longer in his crib","The secretary failed to call the customer and the company lost the account"
    • n neglect willful lack of care and attention
    • n neglect failure to act with the prudence that a reasonable person would exercise under the same circumstances
    • n neglect the trait of neglecting responsibilities and lacking concern
    • n neglect lack of attention and due care
    • n neglect the state of something that has been unused and neglected "the house was in a terrible state of neglect"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Ancient Egyptians used to think having facial hair was an indication of personal neglect
    • Neglect Habitual carelessness; negligence. "Age breeds neglect in all."
    • Neglect Not to attend to with due care or attention; to forbear one's duty in regard to; to allow to pass unimproved, unheeded, undone, etc.; to omit; to disregard; to slight; as, to neglect duty or business; to neglect to pay debts. "I hope
      My absence doth neglect no great designs."
      "This, my long suffering and my day of grace,
      Those who neglect and scorn shall never taste."
    • Neglect Omission of attention or civilities; slight; as, neglect of strangers.
    • Neglect Omission of proper attention; avoidance or disregard of duty, from heedlessness, indifference, or willfulness; failure to do, use, or heed anything; culpable disregard; as, neglect of business, of health, of economy. "To tell thee sadly, shepherd, without blame,
      Or our neglect , we lost her as we came."
    • Neglect The state of being disregarded, slighted, or neglected. "Rescue my poor remains from vile neglect ."
    • Neglect To omit to notice; to forbear to treat with attention or respect; to slight; as, to neglect strangers.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Boredom can lead to madness in parrots. When caged by themselves and neglected for long periods of time, these intelligent, sociable birds can easily become mentally ill. Many inflict wounds upon themselves, develop strange tics, and rip out their own feathers. The birds need constant interaction, affection, and mental stimulation; some bird authorities have determined that some parrot breeds have the mental abilities of a 5-year-old human child. Should a neglected parrot go mad, there is little that can be done to restore it to normalcy. In England, there are "mental institutions" for such unfortunate creatures.
    • neglect To treat carelessly or heedlessly; forbear to attend to or treat with respect; be remiss in attention or duty toward; pay little or no attention to; slight: as, to neglect one's best interests; to neglect one's friends.
    • neglect To overlook or omit; disregard: as, the difference is so small that it may be neglected.
    • neglect To omit to do or perform; let slip; leave undone; fail through heedlessness to do or in doing (something): often with an infinitive as object.
    • neglect To cause to be neglected or deferred.
    • neglect Synonyms Neglect, Disregard, Slight. Slight always expresses intention: it applies to persons or things. Neglect and disregard apply more often to things, and may or may not express intention; disregard is more often intentional than neglect. Only neglect may be followed by an infinitive: as, to neglect to write a letter; among things it generally applies to action that is needed, while disregard commonly applies to failure to heed or notice: as, to disregard counsel, a hint, a request, the lessons of experience, the signs of coming rain; to neglect a duty. See negligent and negligence.
    • n neglect The act of neglecting; the act of treating with slight attention, heedlessness, or disrespect some person or thing that requires attention, care, or respect.
    • n neglect Omission; oversight; the not doing a thing that should or might be done.
    • n neglect Disregard; slight; omission of due attention or civilities.
    • n neglect Negligence; habitual want of regard.
    • n neglect The state of being disregarded.
    • n neglect Synonyms Failure, default, heedlessness.
    • n neglect Remissness, etc. See negligence.
    • neglect Neglected.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Neglect neg-lekt′ to treat carelessly, pass by without notice: to omit by carelessness
    • n Neglect disregard: slight: omission
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  • Ovid
    “Neglect of appearance becomes men.”
  • Percy Ross
    Percy Ross
    “You've got to ask! Asking is, in my opinion, the world's most powerful -- and neglected -- secret to success and happiness.”
  • Frank Crane
    Frank Crane
    “The book salesman should be honored because he brings to our attention, as a rule, the very books we need most and neglect most.”
  • Edgar Saltus
    Edgar Saltus
    “A plain woman is one who, however beautiful, neglects to charm.”
  • Pearl S. Buck
    “What is a neglected child? He is a child not planned for, not wanted. Neglect begins, therefore, before he is born.”
  • James A. Froude
    “The essence of greatness is neglect of the self.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. neglectus, p. p. of neglegere, negligere,) to disregard, neglect, the literal sense prob. being, not to pick up; nec, not, nor (fr. ne, not + -que, a particle akin to Goth. -h, -uh, and prob. to E. who,; cf. Goth. nih, nor) + L. legere, to pick up, gather. See No (adv.) Legend Who


In literature:

Neglect of the Laws of Health.
"A Treatise on Domestic Economy" by Catherine Esther Beecher
Let us freely admit that the historian is not altogether to blame for his neglect and for his ignorance of tradition as historical material.
"Folklore as an Historical Science" by George Laurence Gomme
Why men neglect the stretch is curious.
"How to Add Ten Years to your Life and to Double Its Satisfactions" by S. S. Curry
They had been all day neglected.
"As It Was in the Beginning" by Philip Verrill Mighels
Spoiled or torn or ragged edges will be the penalty of neglecting this.
"A Book for All Readers" by Ainsworth Rand Spofford
Opposition, injury, contempt, neglect, forgetfulness!
"My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year" by John Henry Jowett
If we neglect a garden plant, then, a natural principle of deterioration comes in, and changes it into a worse plant.
"Natural Law in the Spiritual World" by Henry Drummond
Neglect of this subject.
"The Young Man's Guide" by William A. Alcott
Yet at no time is such a deviation to be neglected.
"The Physical Life of Woman:" by Dr. George H Napheys
He is neglecting his plain duty.
"The Tyranny of the Dark" by Hamlin Garland

In poetry:

Forget thee! yes, indeed I may,
When nature withers through neglect,
And sun grows dim, and stars decay;
Not until then can I forget.
"Forget Thee" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
"Seven years now, for some transgression,
Some neglect, or outrage vile,
Vainly hath our poor procession
Offered life, and soul to Nile.
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
"The breath of some neglected maid
Shall make you sigh you left the shade;
A breath to beauty's bloom unkind,
As, to the rose, an eastern wind."
"The Rose-Bud" by William Shenstone
What really passed I never learned,
Nor guessed: I only know
That, when at last my sense returned,
The lamp, neglected, dimly burned -
The fire was getting low -
"Phantasmagoria Canto III ( Scarmoges )" by Lewis Carroll
'Tis well! but how many forget the poor soul
Is vastly more lasting than poor feeble dust;
Neglect to preserve it a mansion or goal,
With God and the holy and just.
"Bring Flowers" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
For he, that does the healing art neglect,
Which God ordain'd the sons of men to save,
Does that blest food, which nature gave, reject,
And sinks a suicide into his grave.
"An Admonition To The Sick To Call For A Clergyman And A Physician, And To Shun All Charms, &c. &c." by Rees Prichard

In news:

SAGINAW, MI — The CAN Council has created a pocket-size card that makes it easier to report concerns about a child being abused or neglected.
The card includes the Michigan Department of Human Services new centralized intake phone number to report abuse and neglect.
Residents of the former colonial town of Léogâne say the outside world has neglected them in the scramble to help Haiti's beleaguered capital, Port-au-Prince .
Major Medical Journals May Neglect Preventive Medicine .
Like a child who feels neglected, the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo has seized upon a juvenile way to win some extra attention: make trouble.
How many abused, abandoned, or neglected children in dependency are taking psychotropic medications.
Hardware store billboard in Slovakia urges women not to "neglect their front yards".
While I've been off riding my bike for the past six months, my poor neglected running partner has gotten fat and out of shape.
The pull-up is an absolute classic exercise, a staple that should never be neglected.
7 Neglected Tropical Diseases and How We Can Put an End to Them.
Have you neglected to log in for weeks, months, even years.
Last year, we became proud owners of a long-neglected garden.
Nearly 1,800 kids die every year in the US from abuse and neglect.
It adds so much to what is called neglect.
This last summer, my boys and I finally broke our streak of neglected gardens from years past.

In science:

The curve labeled static, corresponding to v = 0, was generated by neglecting the travel time of light, i.e the cavity has reached its equilibrium point at each step.
Finesse and mirror speed measurement for a suspended Fabry-Perot cavity using the ringing effect
In the first approximation, neglecting by cross section of the PT, such ob ject is like a string.
A String Approximation for Cooper Pair in High-T$_{\bf c}$ superconductivity
In the linear in Φ approximation, when scattering ∝ Φ2 can be neglected, the transverse momentum Eq.(3.12) is transfered to the particle, and it undergoes periodic motion with the angular frequency Ωc = e ˜B mc along the Larmor circle with the radius RL = v/Ωc .
Paraxial propagation of a quantum charge in a random magnetic field
Below we will show for nβω ≫ 1 and finite x (in units of the average level spacing) the term βω 2x2 can be neglected relative to 4nβω .
Chiral Random Matrix Model for Critical Statistics
Hamiltonian is to be neglected relative to the interaction contribution.
Quantum Computation in Brain Microtubules? Decoherence and Biological Feasibility