February 05, 2017
- neglect (verb)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : to give little attention or respect to2 : to leave undone or not attended to especially through carelessness
- How do you use it?
- "Eager to share his knowledge on any subject, he neglected to ascertain the interest of his listener or, in my case, reader." (Gail Carson Levine, _Ella Enchanted_)
- Are you a word wiz?
Which word do you think is a synonym of "neglect"?We hope you didn't neglect, disregard, or ignore answer B. That's because "neglect," "disregard," and "ignore" all mean to pass over something without giving it any or enough attention. "Neglect" suggests that someone has not given enough attention to something, but the lack of attention may not be deliberate, as in "You have been neglecting your homework." "Disregard" suggests deliberately overlooking something, usually because you think that it is not worth noticing, as in "I disregarded the ‘No Exit' sign and went out through that door." "Ignore" suggests deliberately overlooking something easily seen, as in "My aunt politely ignored the messy room."