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What is the difference between jmdn vernachlässigen and jmdn ignorieren?

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The former is more like "to neglect" or "to turn one's back on" while the latter is more like "to ignore." – thekeyofgb Dec 26 '13 at 18:41
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Ignorieren is to ignore. You can do that at a meeting or during a term of school.

Ich ignoriere sie.

Vernachlässigen is basically to not take enough care which for people might turn into to not give enough attention. It usually talks about a somewhat longer period of time (in context of people).

Ich habe in letzter Zeit meine Freundin vernachlässigt.

I haven't given my girlfriend enough attention lately.

But there is still more attention given than would be if I ignored her.

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