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 caring
The men use the dolls to practice the basics of caring for babies.
After signing on to the film, Moore enlisted the services of her 30 Rock costar Alec Baldwin to play her caring husband.
Good, caring teachers recognized his talent and challenged him to work hard to compete at the highest levels.
There seems to be a proactive disregard for knowing or caring about their lives and plight.
The doctors and nurses in the emergency room were fast, caring, and highly professional.
At the same time, nurses thinking about, doing, and describing nursing know that caring has unique and particular meaning to them.Nursing as Caring|Anne Boykin
The necessity of caring for the pack-horse, perhaps better than aught else, served to restore his faculties.The Frontiersmen|Charles Egbert Craddock
Arthur was past caring for remonstrances or exhortations; he only laughed, and laughed, and laughed without end.The Gadfly|E. L. Voynich
The boy's tired clean out, riding, and Dick's been caring for him.The Red Mustang|William O. Stoddard
As for caring for her still, that's culpable folly, I consider, and injustice too.Into the Highways and Hedges|F. F. Montrsor (Frances Frederica)
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