To "neglect" is to choose not to do something or to ignore a responsibility:
- The woman was neglecting her children, so the state took them away from her.
- Because Steve neglected his responsibilities at work, he was let go.
- You can’t neglect to pay your taxes in the United States. Eventually, the U.S. government will find out and fine you or put you in jail.
- Don’t neglect your duties!
- The house was neglected by the owners and eventually torn down.
a neglected house
In the next set of sentences, the word "neglect" is a noun:
- After years and years of neglect, the house was torn down because there were too many things that needed to be fixed.
- The old man died of neglect in a nursing home.
- Horses suffering from neglect had to be put down. (put down = euthanize)
- Child neglect is a punishable offense in the United States. If you have children, you must take care of them.
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December 15, 2013