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 left the house in his care especially : responsibility for or attention to health, well-being, and safety under a doctor's care — see also health 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 meaningI 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 What about voters who live in nursing homes or assisted care facilities? Nuha Dolby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "If you're a voter with disabilities in Wisconsin, here's what you should know," 23 Oct. 2020 Long-term care facilities with one or more confirmed COVID-19 cases will be prioritized, Holcomb said. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Westminster Dog Show, Surgeon General cited, Las Vegas casino to debut: News from around our 50 states," 23 Oct. 2020 Then Jones threw a 90-yard touchdown pass to Jaylen Waddle as part of a 21-0 point second half — 24 total unanswered points — and easily took care of Bulldogs. Stephen Means, cleveland, "Trevor Lawrence continues to breeze through the ACC: Heisman Watch," 22 Oct. 2020 Nursing homes and other long-term care facilities are at exceptionally high risk of a devastating outbreak. Cassidy Morrison, Washington Examiner, "Healthcare facilities scramble to stock up on personal protective equipment," 22 Oct. 2020 And to protect older voters from the virus, dozens of polling locations across the state have been moved out of nursing homes and other senior care facilities — further limiting access to the ballot box. Chris Serres, Star Tribune, "Minnesota senior home residents struggle to vote amid the pandemic, lockdown rules," 22 Oct. 2020 Since America began feeling the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, nursing homes and long-term care facilities have been a large driving factor in coronavirus infections and deaths. Claire Gillespie, Health.com, "Every Resident in a Kansas Nursing Home Has COVID-19—and 10 Have Died," 21 Oct. 2020 The announcement comes as long-term care facilities are experiencing the largest surge of cases and deaths. Emily Hopkins, The Indianapolis Star, "Holcomb to send National Guard into nursing homes to help facilities care for residents," 21 Oct. 2020 The project worked with floral wholesalers, grocers and florists to create fresh floral bouquets to delivered to patients' homes or care facilities. oregonlive, "The Bloom Project, a nonprofit that gave bouquets to hospice patients, calls it quits because of coronavirus pandemic," 21 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But for a league that seemed to care deeply about its public health responsibility a few months ago, does starting a season while the pandemic is hitting your communities harder than ever feel all that responsible? Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Big Ten football set for return -- and collision course with COVID-19 surge," 23 Oct. 2020 But as of Friday morning, few people seem to care who won what. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, "Was Noah Cyrus nude at the CMT Awards?," 23 Oct. 2020 This is a city and school district that claim to care so deeply about equity — where officials repeatedly say little kids like Royal should be at the top of the priority list. Heather Knight, SFChronicle.com, "‘This system is failing all these children’: S.F. needs to safely reopen schools to help desperate families," 23 Oct. 2020 No one, no one, on the left was supposed to care more than Barack Obama ... Fox News, "Ingraham: Democrats hiding 'true agenda' from middle, working class by trotting out Biden cliches," 22 Oct. 2020 So much so that many American voters seem to care less and less what's proven to be fact or false, Time Magazine national correspondent Charlotte Alter says. Jazmin Goodwin, CNN, "Time correspondent: American voters are plagued by a 'nation of misinformation'," 18 Oct. 2020 Ordinary people tend to care most about threats to their welfare. Simon Lazarus, The New Republic, "The Dishonesty of Amy Coney Barrett’s “Textualist” Pose," 16 Oct. 2020 For more information and guidelines about returning to care at Day Kimball Healthcare, visit daykimball.org/return-to-care. courant.com, "Community News For The Putnam-Killingly Edition," 16 Oct. 2020 In both countries, sky-high public approval for Mr. Trump is shared among the top echelons of government, analysts say, where leaders are relieved that the Trump administration seems to care little about democracy or human rights. Howard Lafranchi, The Christian Science Monitor, "It’s the world according to Trump: Could Biden turn back the clock?," 16 Oct. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'care.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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26 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Care.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/care. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for care

care

noun
How to pronounce care (audio)

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, chronic care, health care, intensive care entry 1, primary care, secondary 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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