Verb care Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


care (third-person singular simple present cares, present participle caring, simple past and past participle cared)

  1. (intransitive) To be concerned about, have an interest in.
  2. (intransitive) To look after.
  3. (intransitive) To be mindful of.
  4. (intransitive) Polite or formal way to say want.
Usage notes
Derived terms
to be concerned about
to look after
to be mindful of
to want, politely
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More definition:

1.a state of mind in which one is troubled; worry, anxiety, or concern, He was never free from care.

2.a cause or object of worry, anxiety, concern, etc., Their son has always been a great care to them.

3.serious attention; solicitude; heed; caution, She devotes great care to her work.; charge, He is under the care of a doctor.

5.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.

6.grief; suffering; sorrow. be concerned or solicitous; have thought or regard. be concerned or have a special preference (usually used in negative constructions), I don't care if I do. make provision or look out (usually followed by for), Will you care for the children while I am away? have an inclination, liking, fondness, or affection (usually followed by for), Would you care for dessert? I don't care for him very much.
1 feel concern about, He doesn't care what others say.1 wish; desire; like, Would you care to dance?

3.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. 1

4.take 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. 1

5.take care of, to watch over; be responsible for, to take care of an act on; deal with; attend to, to take care of paying a bill.

1.a private organization for the collection of funds, goods, etc., for distribution to the needy in foreign countries.

1. (when transitive, may take a clause as object) to be troubled or concerned; be affected emotionally, he is dying, and she doesn't care

2. (intransitive; foll by for or about) to have regard, affection, or consideration (for), he cares more for his hobby than his job

3. (intransitive) foll by for. to have a desire or taste (for), would you care for some tea?

4. (intransitive) foll by for. to provide physical needs, help, or comfort (for), the nurse cared for her patients

5. (transitive) to agree or like (to do something), would you care to sit down, please?

6. for all I care, I couldn't care less, I am completely indifferent noun

7. careful or serious attention, under her care the plant flourished, he does his work with care

8. protective or supervisory control, in the care of a doctor

9. (often pl) trouble; anxiety; worry

10. an object of or cause for concern, the baby's illness was her only care1
1. caution, handle with care1

2. care of, at the address of, written on envelopes Usual abbreviation c/o1

3. (social welfare) in care, into care, made the legal responsibility of a local authority by order of a court Word OriginOld English cearu (n), cearian (vb), of Germanic origin; compare Old High German chara lament, Latin garrīre to gossip CARE /kɛə/ noun acronym
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2. 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 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
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.
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 196

6. 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.

1. Cooperative for American Relief Everywhere

2. Cooperative for American Relief to Europe

3. Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency Act The American Heritage® Abbreviations Dictionary, Third EditionCopyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved. Cite This Source
In addition to the idiom beginning with care 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 DictionaryCopyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. Cite This Source


He had been taking care of her for nearly a year now.

We'll take care of them together.

The revelation also threw a new light on why Alex halted his life to take care of Katie.

They both care a lot.

You take care of yourself and come visit us sometime.

Dad thinks it's a real coo, but Mom doesn't much care for the idea.

He went back to the ranch that night, saying that he had cattle to take care of.

We're short handed so you wind up taking care of your own team and wagon.

Thanks, but I can take care of myself.

Why should she care – and what did he have to gain by all this attention?

There is nothing else that I care about.

Still, I don't care to drag any passengers.

My father works in the field, and I take care of the sheep.

He does me a favor by allowing you to ride on the animal, and I do him a favor by taking care of it.

And the rest he divided among the young women who took care of his mother.

No matter how convincing the machine is, once I know it is a machine, I won't care about it anymore.

Some may have objected to their opting out—but no one dared assert that if they did so, there would be old Amish women eating dog food with no one to care for them.

On mornings when I did not care for the ride, my teacher and I would start after breakfast for a ramble in the woods, and allow ourselves to get lost amid the trees and vines, with no road to follow except the paths made by cows and horses.

He is a great, strong boy now, and he will soon need a man to take care of him; he is really too big for a lady to manage.

How does Mother Nature take care of the flowers?

It was only how to put a core of truth within the ornaments, that every sugarplum, in fact, might have an almond or caraway seed in it--though I hold that almonds are most wholesome without the sugar--and not how the inhabitant, the indweller, might build truly within and without, and let the ornaments take care of themselves.

We should impart our courage, and not our despair, our health and ease, and not our disease, and take care that this does not spread by contagion.

What could all that matter in comparison with the will of God, without Whose care not a hair of man's head can fall?

I have an adored, a priceless mother, and two or three friends--you among them--and as for the rest I only care about them in so far as they are harmful or useful.

"He's come!" she exclaimed as she ran past, and Denisov felt that he too was delighted that Pierre, whom he did not much care for, had returned.

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