care

noun
\ ˈker How to pronounce care (audio) \

Definition of care

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : suffering of mind : grief
2a : a disquieted state of mixed uncertainty, apprehension, and responsibility oppressed by sickness, grief, or care— William Wordsworth
b : a cause for such anxiety
3a : painstaking or watchful attention his gentlemen conduct me with all care to some securest lodging— John Keats
b : maintenance floor-care products
4 : regard coming from desire or esteem a care for the common good
5 : charge, supervision under a doctor's care
6 : a person or thing that is an object of attention, anxiety, or solicitude The flower garden was her special care.

care

verb
cared; caring

Definition of care (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to feel trouble or anxiety cared for his safety
b : to feel interest or concern care about freedom
2 : to give care care for the sick
3a : to have a liking, fondness, or taste don't care for your attitude
b : to have an inclination would you care for some pie

transitive verb

1 : to be concerned about or to the extent of don't care what they say doesn't care a damn
2 : wish if you care to go
care less
: not to care used positively and negatively with the same meaning I could care less what happensI couldn't care less what happens

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Other Words from care

Verb

carer noun

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Noun

care, concern, solicitude, anxiety, worry mean a troubled or engrossed state of mind or the thing that causes this. care implies oppression of the mind weighed down by responsibility or disquieted by apprehension. a face worn by years of care concern implies a troubled state of mind because of personal interest, relation, or affection. crimes caused concern in the neighborhood solicitude implies great concern and connotes either thoughtful or hovering attentiveness toward another. acted with typical maternal solicitude anxiety stresses anguished uncertainty or fear of misfortune or failure. plagued by anxiety and self-doubt worry suggests fretting over matters that may or may not be real cause for anxiety. financial worries

Examples of care in a Sentence

Noun

She used care in selecting a doctor for her son. The children have inadequate medical care and little formal education. We need to provide poor people with better dental care. She wrote a book about car care. With proper care, the machine should last a decade or more. She is an expert on skin care. She knows a lot about the care and feeding of horses. She looks as if all the cares of the world are on her shoulders.

Verb

He doesn't care if he gets fired. I care what happens to her. On Valentine's Day, send her flowers to show that you care. I didn't know you cared. I wouldn't care to be in your shoes right now. I'm going for a walk. Would you care to join me? He'll show the photos to anyone who cares to see them. More factors influenced her decision than she cares to admit.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Taking care of a 1,500-square-foot garden became too onerous. Mike Klingaman, baltimoresun.com, "How a Columbia gardener turns his tiny plot into a full-fledged feast," 4 June 2019 His proposal would free up $324 million in state money over two years, allowing Evers to expand other health-care programs. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lawmakers to decide health care spending as Democrats push for already-rejected Medicaid expansion," 4 June 2019 An accomplished researcher, lecturer and developer of leading-edge technology for patient care. Kitsa Rhoad/share, Cincinnati.com, "Indian Hill Foundation honors alumni," 4 June 2019 Corizon, the department's medical care contractor, did not provide adequate hygiene supplies to help with post-partum bleeding, according to the letters. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Arizona prisons have a history of women giving birth in their cells," 4 June 2019 In, Baton Rouge voters approved a property tax increase for a mental health facility that proponents hope will provide the care people need, and unclog jails and courts. Tracey Ross, Essence, "Taraji P. Henson Speaks To Black Female Mayors About Increasing Access To Mental Health Resources," 4 June 2019 The British trans rights campaigner and writer Paris Lees will be the new face of the hair care line Pantene, Proctor & Gamble announced on Tuesday. Katherine Dunn, Fortune, "The New Face of Pantene Is a Trans Rights Campaigner," 4 June 2019 That program welcomes items such as plastic beauty-product containers including shampoo and conditioner bottles, skin-care packaging such as hand soap and lotion bottles, and cosmetic packing such as lipstick tubes and makeup containers. Kirk Sides, Houston Chronicle, "League City salon's eco-friendly business makes people and Earth beautiful," 3 June 2019 Reed couldn’t walk or take care of himself due to Huntington’s disease, Ribich said. Audrey Dutton, idahostatesman, "Boise man died of burns after a home health aide left him in hot bath, friend says," 3 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

As Sabrina Imbler reports for Atlas Obscura, St. Michael’s Mount has posted a job listing for a head gardener who will be tasked with caring for the diverse collection of plants that sprouts across the island. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Calling All Green Thumbs! A Legendary British Island Is Looking to Hire a Resident Gardener," 5 June 2019 The center, where staff members care for and educate the children of students, faculty and staff at UCSD, is off Regents Road north of La Jolla Village Drive. San Diego Union-Tribune, "CHP issues advisory for girl, 3, taken from UCSD campus by her father," 4 June 2019 However, despite federal law, financial barriers to care have persisted. Jared Weber, USA TODAY, "San Francisco proposes nation’s first universal mental health care system," 4 June 2019 Her solitary days and nights are spent translating William Blake, constructing complex astrological charts, caring for the summer homes of wealthy neighbors, and keeping a hawk-like eye out for the silent animals that roam the surrounding land. The New Yorker, "What We’re Reading This Summer," 4 June 2019 Apple has clearly been taking notes from its professional users, because these are exactly the kind of details the pro crowd cares about. Scott Gilbertson, WIRED, "Apple's New Mac Pro Is Powerful, Pretty, and Expensive," 3 June 2019 Usually on The Bachelorette, roses are the only thing anyone cares about. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, ""The Bachelorette" Has an Obsession With Chicken Nuggets," 28 May 2019 Ankur Jain is the Founder and Co-CEO of Kairos, working to make housing, student loans, healthcare, and child care more affordable. Ankur Jain, Marie Claire, "Millennials Are Generation Broke—Here's How We Fix It," 21 May 2019 But that’s changed, driven by new offerings from bartenders, spirits producers and others who have a history of caring about the craft of drinkmaking. Kara Newman, WSJ, "The Canned Cocktails You Should Be Sipping This Summer," 15 May 2019

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First Known Use of care

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for care

Noun

Middle English, "sorrow, distress, concern," going back to Old English cearu, caru, going back to Germanic *karō (whence also Old Saxon kara "sorrow, worry," Old High German chara, Old Norse kǫr "sickbed," Gothic kara "concern") perhaps going back to an Indo-European base *ǵeh2r-, *ǵh2r- "make a sound, cry," whence Old Irish ad-gair "(s/he) accuses, sues," Middle Irish gáir "shout, cry," Welsh gawr, Greek gêrys "voice, speech," Middle Persian zryg, zryq "sorrow, suffering," Ossetic (Iron dialect) zæl- "make a sound," zar- "sing"

Note: The original meaning of the Indo-European verb base was perhaps "bewail the deceased," which might account for the divergent meanings "sorrow, care" and "make a sound, cry"; though given that the former meaning is only attested in Iranian and Germanic (in which the putative sense "make a sound," if it ever existed, has left no trace), it may be more likely that two separate Indo-European bases, one perhaps sound-symbolic, have partially merged. Note that the Indo-European reconstruction *ǵeh2r-, *ǵh2r- is based solely on presumed canonical root structure, as the only attested vocalisms for the base are *gar- and *gār-. Latin garrīre "to chatter, jabber," with geminate r, may be an unrelated onomatopoeic formation.

Verb

Middle English caren "to grieve, be anxious, be solicitous," going back to Old English cearian, carian, going back to Germanic *karōjan- (whence Old Saxon karon "to lament," Old High German karōn, Gothic karon "to be concerned"), derivative of *karō "sorrow, worry" — more at care entry 1

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care

noun

English Language Learners Definition of care

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: effort made to do something correctly, safely, or without causing damage
: things that are done to keep someone healthy, safe, etc.
: things that are done to keep something in good condition

care

verb

English Language Learners Definition of care (Entry 2 of 2)

: to feel interest in something : to be interested in or concerned about something
: to feel affection for someone
somewhat formal : to want to do something or to be something

care

noun
\ ˈker How to pronounce care (audio) \

Kids Definition of care

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : serious attention Care is needed when crossing a busy street.
2 : protection sense 1, supervision The injured player is under a doctor's care.
3 : proper maintenance of property or equipment
4 : a feeling of concern or worry He acts as if he hasn't a care in the world.

care

verb
cared; caring

Kids Definition of care (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to feel interest or concern We care about what happens to you.
2 : to provide help, protection, or supervision to : look after His job is to care for the sick.
3 : to have a liking or desire Do you care for more tea?

care

noun
\ ˈka(ə)r, ˈke(ə)r How to pronounce care (audio) \

Medical Definition of care

: responsibility for or attention to health, well-being, and safety — see acute care, health care, intensive care, primary care, tertiary care

Other Words from care

care intransitive verb cared; caring

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care

noun

Legal Definition of care

1 : watchful or protective attention, caution, concern, prudence, or regard usually towards an action or situation especially : due care a person has a duty to use care in dealing with others, and failure to do so is negligence — R. I. Mehr — see also due care, negligence, standard of care

Note: Statute, case law, and custom often impose a duty of care. The degree or standard of care owed varies depending on the circumstances. For example, a landlord has to exercise greater care in relation to a tenant than to a trespasser.

2a : personal supervision or responsibility : charge

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