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
Essential workers— health care workers, grocery workers, and many schoolteachers, among others—are at high risk for infection because they cannot socially distance.
Elective procedures, a big profit-generator for device makers and hospitals, slowed or stopped altogether, while older people in particular put off medical care of all kinds to avoid exposure to the coronavirus.
She wondered how she and other front-line health- care workers at New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia would get through.Utah hospital workers rushed to NYC to help with covid in the spring. NYC workers just returned the favor. | Cathy Free | November 19, 2020 | Washington Post
Businesses will close once again, more schools will be forced to go online, and our health care system will fail.Republicans are starting to embrace COVID precautions after initially resisting | Aric Jenkins | November 17, 2020 | Fortune
All three authors are public health and primary care physicians.COVID-19 reminds us of the need to focus on health equity | jakemeth | November 17, 2020 | Fortune
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.
Few cared about the grounded luxury jets that offered all manner of in-flight comforts—those were meant for the princelings.
And this meant that the nurses who now cared for her had no way of being sure they were safe.
You never cared—you were too proud to care; and when I spoke to you about my fault, you did n't even know what I meant.Confidence | Henry James
And the countess-dowager fanned herself complacently, and neither she nor Maude cared for the absence of a groomsman.Elster's Folly | Mrs. Henry Wood
Some of those babies we know are cared for on cushions of down and wrapped in soft flannels and delicate muslins.Alila, Our Little Philippine Cousin | Mary Hazelton Wade
Nevertheless she triumphed; he had made her a peeress, and she did care for that; she cared also for the broad lands of Hartledon.Elster's Folly | Mrs. Henry Wood
Parochial church of Santiago, a suburb of Manila, and the souls cared for therein.
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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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