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
Origin of CARE
Related Words for caresresponsibility, management, effort, control, trust, protection, supervision, watch, tend, enjoy, love, want, cherish, load, encumbrance, distress, foreboding, strain, uneasiness, incubus
Examples from the Web for cares
Contemporary Examples of cares
Who cares of Barack Hussein Obama is president and gays are getting married?The Evangelical Apocalypse Is All Your Fault
January 4, 2015
The NFL cares about only one thing: protecting the 32 franchise owners.Roger Goodell and the NFL’s Path to Power
December 11, 2014
The Bible explicitly and repeatedly calls for the construction of a system that protects and cares for these groups.Pope Bids Refugees to EU ‘Bienvenido’; Europe Says ‘Non’
November 30, 2014
No one cares whether one of those names is going to be Mrs. Mellark or Mrs. Hawthorne.Team Peeta or Team Gale: Why the ‘Hunger Games’ Love Triangle Ruins ‘Mockingjay – Part 1’
November 28, 2014
By day, she cares for her children in a bombed-out milk factory that hosts her orphanage, Okutiuka.Death Metal Angola: Heavy Metal in War-Torn Africa
November 21, 2014
Historical Examples of cares
Such care will be death to one's own cares, such help balm to one's own wounds.Weighed and Wanting
Do not be over-anxious, therefore, about to-morrow, for to-morrow will bring its own cares.The Conquest of Fear
But it is a very unimaginative nature that only cares for people on their pedestals.De Profundis
Bernard cares not to eat, but delights only in the taste of fresh water.The Dream
I don't imagine there's a single one that cares a bone button for me.Quaint Courtships
Word Origin for care
n acronym for
"anxieties," late Old English, from care (n.).
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