(noun, verb)


1. lack of attention and due care

Similar word(s): disregard

Definition categories: thought, inattention

2. the state of something that has been unused and neglected

- the house was in a terrible state of neglect

Similar word(s): disuse

Definition categories: state, declination, decline

3. willful lack of care and attention

Similar word(s): disregard

Definition categories: act, mistreatment

4. the trait of neglecting responsibilities and lacking concern

Similar word(s): neglectfulness, negligence

Definition categories: attribute, carelessness, sloppiness

5. failure to act with the prudence that a reasonable person would exercise under the same circumstances

Similar word(s): carelessness, negligence, nonperformance

Definition categories: act, nonaccomplishment, nonachievement


1. leave undone or leave out

Similar word(s): drop, miss, omit, overleap, overlook, pretermit

Definition categories: cognition

2. fail to do something; leave something undone

Similar word(s): fail

Definition categories: social

3. fail to attend to

- he neglects his children

Definition categories: cognition

4. give little or no attention to

Similar word(s): disregard, ignore

Definition categories: cognition

Sentences with neglect as a verb:

- to neglect duty or business;  to neglect to pay debts

- to neglect strangers