verb (used without object), cared, car·ing.

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?

Nearby words

  1. carducci,
  2. carducci, giosuè,
  3. cardueline,
  4. cardus,
  5. cardy,
  6. care and maintenance,
  7. care attendant,
  8. care label,
  9. care package,
  10. care plan


Origin of care

before 900; (noun) Middle English; Old English caru, cearu, cognate with Gothic kara, Old High German chara “lament”

Related formscar·er, nounnon·car·ing, adjectiveo·ver·care, nounun·car·ing, adjective

Synonym study

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

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for uncaring

British Dictionary definitions for uncaring



(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


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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Word Origin and History for uncaring
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with uncaring


In addition to the idiom beginning with care

  • care package

also see:

  • 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
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.