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.
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.
to feel concern about: He doesn't care what others say.
to wish; desire; like: Would you care to dance?
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 act on; deal with; attend to: to take care of paying a bill.
- carer, 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
Morgan State University and Northern Virginia Community College have received $1 million each to help students find careers in areas such as cryptocurrency and health care, officials on both campuses announced this week.Morgan State University, Northern Virginia Community College receive grants for job training programs | Lauren Lumpkin | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
The nouveau is the hobbyhorse of Christine and Dennis Vrooman, while their son, Nathan, “takes care of the serious wines,” Christine Vrooman says.We deserve ‘nouveau’ wine in 2020 — a vintage meant to be fun and drunk right away | Dave McIntyre | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
In Maryland, new weekly infections among residents and staff at long-term care facilities have increased tenfold since the start of October, according to a Washington Post analysis of state data.Maryland and Virginia nursing homes battle explosive covid-19 outbreaks — again | Rebecca Tan, Rachel Chason | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
Also starting Friday, in-person visits to nursing homes have been limited to “compassion care” visits only, and visitors will not be permitted without proof of a negative coronavirus test taken less than 72 hours prior.Maryland’s coronavirus numbers are going up. Here’s what you need to know. | Erin Cox | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
A living will — sometimes called an advanced health care directive — is a private document that contains instructions for medical treatment if you are unable to speak or communicate your wishes.
When we need a strong, cooperative tone to the relationship, our current posture is seen as uncaring.Let's Get Real: Washington Can't Walk Away From Cairo | Frank G. Wisner | May 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The kind that involve zero anguished relatives screaming into the uncaring airport terminal void.Lesser Mysteries for Those With Breaking News Fatigue | Kelly Williams Brown | March 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Nonetheless, Byers soldiers on, depicting her more than once as “uncaring.”
A dreadful new article from Politico portrays New York Times editor Jill Abramson as cold, rude, and ‘uncaring.’
We are the ones who wander along with them as they venture out into the busy, uncaring, and preoccupying world.
Immediately, with the uncaring folly of youth, Johnson plunged into the very spot to his friends horror and anxiety.Rowlandson's Oxford | A. Hamilton Gibbs
The massive beast rose on its hind legs, growled, and Ross walked by it uncaring, unmenaced by the puzzled animal.The Time Traders | Andre Norton
What at the time they had known, unheeding and uncaring, assumed a vividness quite new.The Furnace | Rose Macaulay
Evil is cruel, since it is a true reflection of the uncaring and insensate universe.The Status Civilization | Robert Sheckley
The old government, tired and indolent, half-hearted and uncaring, was losing the war beyond hopes of recovery.Sonia Married | Stephen McKenna
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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