neglected; neglecting; neglects

Neglect is worse than ignoring something. It's ignoring it, failing to care for it, and probably harming it in the process.

The word neglect comes from the Latin verb neglegere, which means "disregarded." You can neglect to do your chores, meaning fail to do them, but this word is usually reserved for cases when you willingly refuse to care for something appropriately. Child neglect is what parents get charged with when they fail to provide for their child's basic needs. If you go on vacation and neglect your plants, they may wither and die due to your lack of attention.

Definitions of neglect
  1. verb
    leave undone or leave out
    synonyms: drop, leave out, miss, omit, overleap, overlook, pretermit
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    attend to, take to heart
    get down to; pay attention to; take seriously
    forget to do something
    jump, pass over, skip, skip over
  2. verb
    fail to do something; leave something undone
    synonyms: fail
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    lose track
    fail to keep informed or aware
    strike out
    put out or be put out by a strikeout
    default, default on
    fail to pay up
    fail to perform adequately due to tension or agitation
    fail to catch, as of a ball
    fail to attend an event or activity
    strike out (a batter), (of a pitcher)
    strike out by swinging and missing the pitch charged as the third
    cut, skip
    intentionally fail to attend
  3. verb
    fail to attend to
    “he neglects his children”
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    be inattentive to, or neglect
  4. verb
    give little or no attention to
    synonyms: disregard, ignore
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    disregard intentionally or let pass
  5. noun
    the trait of neglecting responsibilities and lacking concern
    synonyms: neglectfulness, negligence
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    delinquency, dereliction, willful neglect
    a tendency to be negligent and uncaring
    laxity, laxness, remissness, slackness
    the quality of being lax and neglectful
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    carelessness, sloppiness
    the quality of not being careful or taking pains
  6. noun
    failure to act with the prudence that a reasonable person would exercise under the same circumstances
    synonyms: carelessness, negligence, nonperformance
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    willful negligence
    comparative negligence
    (law) negligence allocated between the plaintiff and the defendant with a corresponding reduction in damages paid to the plaintiff
    concurrent negligence
    (law) negligence of two of more persons acting independently; the plaintiff may sue both together or separately
    contributory negligence
    (law) behavior by the plaintiff that contributes to the harm resulting from the defendant's negligence
    criminal negligence, culpable negligence
    (law) recklessly acting without reasonable caution and putting another person at risk of injury or death (or failing to do something with the same consequences)
    neglect of duty
    (law) breach of a duty
    dodging, escape, evasion
    nonperformance of something distasteful (as by deceit or trickery) that you are supposed to do
    a failure to act when under an obligation to do so; a refusal (without sufficient excuse) to do that which it is your legal duty to do
    escape mechanism
    a form of behavior that evades unpleasant realities
    malingering, skulking
    evading duty or work by pretending to be incapacitated
    goldbricking, goofing off, shirking, slacking, soldiering
    the evasion of work or duty
    the act of evading by going around
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    nonaccomplishment, nonachievement
    an act that does not achieve its intended goal
  7. noun
    the state of something that has been unused and neglected
    “the house was in a terrible state of neglect
    synonyms: disuse
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    something that has been omitted
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    declination, decline
    a condition inferior to an earlier condition; a gradual falling off from a better state
  8. noun
    lack of attention and due care
    synonyms: disregard
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    neglecting to do something; leaving out or passing over something
    inadvertence, oversight
    an unintentional omission resulting from failure to notice something
    letting pass without notice
    elision, exception, exclusion
    a deliberate act of omission
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    lack of attention
  9. noun
    willful lack of care and attention
    synonyms: disregard
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    contemptuous disregard
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    the practice of treating (someone or something) badly
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