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
Examples from the Web for 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|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|DAILY BEAST
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.
It felt intelligence slipping from it, felt the old, uncaring comfort coming back again.The World That Couldn't Be|Clifford Donald Simak
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
Eight hundred thousand endless, lonely revolutions about an unthinking, uncaring, ungrateful world is quite enough.If at First You Don't...|John Brudy
They locked in each other's arms—trying to save each other on Nature's vast lonely, tossing, uncaring sea.Bride of the Mistletoe|James Lane Allen
She noted his uncaring casual glance at that potent fascinator, the buffalo horn, and his hasty, unsettled gesture.The Story of Old Fort Loudon|Charles Egbert Craddock
British Dictionary definitions for uncaring (1 of 2)
Word Origin for care
British Dictionary definitions for uncaring (2 of 2)
n acronym for
Word Origin and History for uncaring (1 of 3)
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.
Word Origin and History for uncaring (2 of 3)
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.
Idioms and Phrases with uncaring
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