verb (used without object), cared, car·ing.
verb (used with object), cared, car·ing.
- carducci, giosuè,
- care and maintenance,
- care attendant,
- care label,
- care package,
- care plan
- 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.
- to watch over; be responsible for: to take care of an invalid.
- to act on; deal with; attend to: to take care of paying a bill.
Origin of care
Examples from the Web for cared
For decades, consumers generally only cared about taste and price.
For anyone who cared to watch, the event and its denouement provided a graphic demonstration that the Iron Curtain was crumbling.
Later in life, Stalin would add one, and only one person, to his list of those he cared about.
And this meant that the nurses who now cared for her had no way of being sure they were safe.
They were all willing to wholeheartedly put themselves out there for this thing they cared deeply about.
No one cared too closely to inquire into the sources of wealth.The Chronicles of Newgate, v. 2/2|Arthur Griffiths
Health in manhood and womanhood depends on how the health is cared for in childhood.Health Lessons|Alvin Davison
He was like a hunter following his prey, like an angler fishing, he cared only for the chase, for the capture.Possessed|Cleveland Moffett
I read and amused myself in any way that offered, but cared not to experiment on any more French-Canadians.Crowded Out! and Other Sketches|Susie F. Harrison
And your mother should be where she can see that you are properly dressed, fed, and cared for.A Girl Of The Limberlost|Gene Stratton Porter
Word Origin for care
n acronym for
Old English carian, cearian "be anxious, grieve; to feel concern or interest," from Proto-Germanic *karojanan (cf. Old High German charon "to lament," Old Saxon karon "to care, to sorrow"), from the same source as care (n.). OED emphasizes that it is in "no way related to L. cura." Related: Cared; caring.
To not care as a negative dismissal is attested from mid-13c. Phrase couldn't care less is from 1946; could care less in the same sense (with an understood negative) is from 1966. Care also figures in many "similies of indifference" in the form don't care a _____, with the blank filled by fig, pin, button, cent, straw, rush, point, farthing, snap, etc., etc.
Positive senses, e.g. "have an inclination" (1550s); "have fondness for" (1520s) seem to have developed later as mirrors to the earlier negative ones.
Old English caru, cearu "sorrow, anxiety, grief," also "burdens of mind; serious mental attention," from Proto-Germanic *karo (cf. Old Saxon kara "sorrow;" Old High German chara "wail, lament;" Gothic kara "sorrow, trouble, care;" German Karfreitag "Good Friday"), from PIE root *gar- "cry out, call, scream" (cf. Irish gairm "shout, cry, call;" see garrulous).
Different sense evolution in related Dutch karig "scanty, frugal," German karg "stingy, scanty." The sense development in English is from "cry" to "lamentation" to "grief." Meaning "charge, oversight, protection" is attested c.1400, the sense in care of in addressing. To take care of "take in hand, do" is from 1580s.
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