neglect verb

ADV. grossly, seriously | completely, entirely, totally, wholly | largely | conveniently (ironic), deliberately, wilfully conveniently neglecting their responsibilities | conspicuously an aspect of the problem conspicuously neglected by social scientists | hitherto, previously

VERB + NEGLECT tend to | cannot/could not afford to This sector is one of the major growth areas and we cannot afford to neglect it.

PREP. in favour of Local communities have been neglected in favour of private sector interests.