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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Neglect \Neg*lect"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Neglected; p. pr. & vb. n. Neglecting.] [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.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster] I hope My absence doth neglect no great designs. --Shak. [1913 Webster] This, my long suffering and my day of grace, Those who neglect and scorn shall never taste. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. To omit to notice; to forbear to treat with attention or respect; to slight; as, to neglect strangers. [1913 Webster] Syn: To slight; overlook; disregard; disesteem; contemn. See Slight. [1913 Webster]