a state of mind in which one is troubled; worry, anxiety, or concern: He was never free from care.
a cause or object of worry, anxiety, concern, etc.: A massage is an excellent way to forget your cares for a little while.Their son has always been a heavy care to them.
serious attention; solicitude; heed; caution: She devotes great care to her work.
the provision of what is needed for the well-being or protection of a person or thing: He is under the care of a doctor.With proper care, the watch will last a lifetime.
temporary keeping, as for the benefit of or until claimed by the owner: He left his valuables in the care of friends.Address my mail in care of the American Embassy.
grief; suffering; sorrow.
to be concerned or solicitous; have thought or regard: You can just tell she cares for people's feelings by the way she talks to them.
to be concerned or have a special preference (usually used in negative constructions): I don't care where we go, I just want to get out of town for a bit.
to make provision or look out (usually followed by for): Will you care for the children while I am away?
to have an inclination, liking, fondness, or affection (usually followed by for): Would you care for dessert?I don't care for him very much.
to feel concern about: He doesn't care what others say.
to wish; desire; like: Would you care to dance?
to have concern for or interest in: It's a privilege to stand in the presence of so many people who care about building a better Canada.They don't care about the privacy of the people who use their services.
to have affection for; love: One of my greatest joys in life is cooking for those I care about.
Idioms about care
couldn't care less, could not care less; be completely unconcerned: I couldn't care less whether she goes to the party or not.: Also could care less.
be alert; be careful: Take care that you don't fall on the ice!
take care of yourself; goodbye: used as an expression of parting.
take care of,
to watch over; be responsible for: to take care of an invalid.
to deal with; attend to: I'll take care of the bill, and you can go out and get the car started.
- car·er, noun
- non·car·ing, adjective
- o·ver·care, noun
- un·car·ing, adjective
Other definitions for CARE (2 of 2)
a private organization for the collection of funds, goods, etc., for distribution to people in foreign countries who need aid.
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How to use care in a sentence
After that night Bob never again attempted to keep up his care-for-nothing-or-nobody tone before Charlie.Charlie Scott | Unknown
They're old-fashioned roses, that I expect you wouldn't care for-blush and cinnamon and sweet briar—but I love them all.Lavender and Old Lace | Myrtle Reed
It is India I care for-the people, the sun, the infinite beauty.The Ninth Vibration And Other Stories | L. Adams Beck
British Dictionary definitions for care (1 of 2)
(when tr, may take a clause as object) to be troubled or concerned; be affected emotionally: he is dying, and she doesn't care
(intr; foll by for or about) to have regard, affection, or consideration (for): he cares more for his hobby than his job
(intr foll by for) to have a desire or taste (for): would you care for some tea?
(intr foll by for) to provide physical needs, help, or comfort (for): the nurse cared for her patients
(tr) to agree or like (to do something): would you care to sit down, please?
for all I care or I couldn't care less I am completely indifferent
careful or serious attention: under her care the plant flourished; he does his work with care
protective or supervisory control: in the care of a doctor
(often plural) trouble; anxiety; worry
an object of or cause for concern: the baby's illness was her only care
caution: handle with care
care of at the address of: written on envelopes: Usual abbreviation: c/o
in care or into care social welfare made the legal responsibility of a local authority by order of a court
British Dictionary definitions for CARE (2 of 2)
Cooperative for American Relief Everywhere, Inc.; a federation of US charities, giving financial and technical assistance to many regions of the world
communicated authenticity, regard, empathy: the three qualities believed to be essential in the therapist practising client-centred therapy
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Other Idioms and Phrases with care
In addition to the idiom beginning with care
- care package
- couldn't care less
- for all (I care)
- in care of
- in charge (the care of)
- take care
- take care of
- tender loving care
- that's (takes care of) that
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