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 uncaringunemotional, callous, unsympathetic, heartless, aloof, cold, cool, detached, disinterested, dispassionate, impervious, listless, nonchalant, unconcerned, unmoved, passionless, uninvolved, unaroused
Examples from the Web for uncaring
Contemporary Examples of uncaring
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 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
A dreadful new article from Politico portrays New York Times editor Jill Abramson as cold, rude, and ‘uncaring.’
Nonetheless, Byers soldiers on, depicting her more than once as “uncaring.”
We are the ones who wander along with them as they venture out into the busy, uncaring, and preoccupying world.A Tale of Male Surrender
June 20, 2009
Historical Examples of uncaring
"And he might have been my son," cried out Elsbeth to the uncaring night.Regiment of Women
He wished that he could always be like that,—dull, phlegmatic, uncaring.The Hidden Places
Bertrand W. Sinclair
Her father had gone on as long as he could until at last, broken and uncaring he had made one last ditch stand.The Happy Man
Gerald Wilburn Page
But when I thought of her so horribly heartless, so uncaring to my unhappiness, I did more than hate her—I utterly despised her.The Making of a Saint
William Somerset Maugham
Eight hundred thousand endless, lonely revolutions about an unthinking, uncaring, ungrateful world is quite enough.If at First You Don't...
Word Origin for care
n acronym for
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