[ kair ]
/ kɛər /
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.: Their son has always been a great 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.
verb (used without object), cared, car·ing.
to be concerned or solicitous; have thought or regard.
to be concerned or have a special preference (usually used in negative constructions): I don't care if I do.
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.
verb (used with object), cared, car·ing.
to feel concern about: He doesn't care what others say.
to wish; desire; like: Would you care to dance?
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Idioms for care
- 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.
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.
- 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.
take care of,
Origin of care
before 900; (noun) Middle English; Old English caru, cearu, cognate with Gothic kara,Old High German chara “lament”
synonym study for care
1. See concern. 3. To take care, pains, trouble (to do something) implies watchful, conscientious effort to do something exactly right. To take care implies the performance of one particular detail: She took care to close the cover before striking the match. To take pains suggests a sustained carefulness, an effort to see that nothing is overlooked but that every small detail receives attention: to take pains with fine embroidery. To take trouble implies an effort that requires a considerable amount of activity and exertion: to take the trouble to make suitable arrangements.
usage note for care
13. Couldn't care less, a phrase used to express indifference, is sometimes heard as could care less, which ought to mean the opposite but is intended to be synonymous with the former phrase. Both versions are common mainly in informal speech.
OTHER WORDS FROM carecarer, nounnon·car·ing, adjectiveo·ver·care, nounun·car·ing, adjective
Definition for care (2 of 2)
[ kair ]
/ kɛər /
a private organization for the collection of funds, goods, etc., for distribution to the needy in foreign countries.
Origin of CARE
C(ooperative for)A(merican)R(elief) E(verywhere)
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Example sentences from the Web for care
British Dictionary definitions for care (1 of 2)
/ (kɛə) /
(when tr, may take a clause as object) to be troubled or concerned; be affected emotionallyhe 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 attentionunder her care the plant flourished; he does his work with care
protective or supervisory controlin the care of a doctor
(often plural) trouble; anxiety; worry
an object of or cause for concernthe baby's illness was her only care
cautionhandle with care
care of at the address of: written on envelopesUsual abbreviation: c/o
in care or into care social welfare made the legal responsibility of a local authority by order of a court
Word Origin for care
Old English cearu (n), cearian (vb), of Germanic origin; compare Old High German chara lament, Latin garrīre to gossip
British Dictionary definitions for care (2 of 2)
/ (kɛə) /
n acronym for
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
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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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