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 caringwatch, tend, enjoy, love, want, cherish, protect, consider, attend, sit, treasure, mind, foster, minister, mother, nurse, nurture, desire, respect, like
Examples from the Web for caring
Contemporary Examples of caring
The men use the dolls to practice the basics of caring for babies.How Good Dads Can Change the World
Gary Barker, PhD, Michael Kaufman
January 6, 2015
After signing on to the film, Moore enlisted the services of her 30 Rock costar Alec Baldwin to play her caring husband.Julianne Moore Is Oscar Gold in ‘Still Alice’
December 24, 2014
Good, caring teachers recognized his talent and challenged him to work hard to compete at the highest levels.Your Local School Doesn’t Have to Suck
Michael S. Roth
December 17, 2014
There seems to be a proactive disregard for knowing or caring about their lives and plight.Ferguson, Immigration, and ‘Us Vs. Them’
November 27, 2014
The doctors and nurses in the emergency room were fast, caring, and highly professional.My Insurance Company Killed Me, Despite Obamacare
November 24, 2014
Historical Examples of caring
Mention the precautions that should be observed in caring for milk.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 2
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
We were a jolly set; most of us poor as church mice, and caring little.The Bacillus of Beauty
If I'd seen you caring for Monny, I should have found some medicine to cure my heartache.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
The men, without looking or caring, went on locking the gate.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
In Rome, they have a commendable system of caring for their cats.Concerning Cats
Helen M. Winslow
Word Origin for care
n acronym for
1550s, verbal noun from care (v.).
"compassionate," 1966, present participle adjective from care (v.). Related: Caringly; caringness.
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