Pronunciation: (ni-glekt'),[key] —v.t. 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.
—n. 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.