verb (used without object), cared, car·ing.
verb (used with object), cared, car·ing.
- 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
Related Words for caredwatch, tend, enjoy, love, want, cherish, protect, consider, attend, sit, treasure, mind, foster, minister, mother, nurse, nurture, desire, respect, like
Examples from the Web for cared
Contemporary Examples of cared
For decades, consumers generally only cared about taste and price.The Science of Ingredient Innovation
December 15, 2014
For anyone who cared to watch, the event and its denouement provided a graphic demonstration that the Iron Curtain was crumbling.How Havel Inspired the Velvet Revolution
December 6, 2014
Later in life, Stalin would add one, and only one person, to his list of those he cared about.Kotkin Biography Reveals Stalin's Evil Pragmatism
November 30, 2014
And this meant that the nurses who now cared for her had no way of being sure they were safe.Ebola Nurses Are As Brave As Soldiers
October 17, 2014
They were all willing to wholeheartedly put themselves out there for this thing they cared deeply about.Why I Named My Quidditch Film Mudbloods
October 14, 2014
Historical Examples of cared
To have married a girl who cared only for his money; that would have been dire enough.
He would not have cared half so much for any insult to himself.
He cared as little for the money as Uncle Peter did, large sum though it was.
She cared little for poverty or riches, as long as she had regained her chief treasures.
This satisfied him, for he cared nothing for the attachment of those under his command.
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