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 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 Asking for $400,000 for 10% of their company, Stephane Jean-Baptiste and Yve-Car Momperousse are the masterminds behind Kreyol Essence, a line of skin-care products made with castor oil. Gary Levin, USA TODAY, "'Shark Tank' recap: Haitian beauty-product sellers get tough love from Mr. Wonderful," 14 Jan. 2020 As a real-estate developer, Alpert replaced acres of orange groves with luxury hotels and studio lots in the heyday of La La Land and, subsequently, replaced those lots and hotels with the muffler shops and urgent-care centers of today. Jennifer Crittenden, The New Yorker, "The Path-Less-Travelled Hollywood Cemetery Tour," 11 Jan. 2020 Purdue planned to target — and incentivize — consultant pharmacists, who would then teach providers at long-term care facilities about pain treatment. Andrew Joseph, STAT, "Faced with prescriber fears of OxyContin misuse, Purdue sales reps misleadingly played up drug’s safety, documents show," 9 Jan. 2020 In fact, while large employers are required to provide maternity-care coverage, that coverage can include significant payments from the patients. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "Giving birth in America now costs more than a woman earns in a month," 8 Jan. 2020 The bill would allow new parents to receive an advance on their child tax credit to enable paid leave or to offset child-care costs. Alexandra Desanctis, National Review, "Congress Has Its First Bipartisan Parental-Leave Plan," 8 Jan. 2020 Leaf blowers are a great tool to add to your yard-care arsenal. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Things to Consider When Buying a Leaf Blower," 8 Jan. 2020 When Emilio was three, Hugo and Jamie made the wrenching decision to place him in the Rosecrest Home, a full-time care facility. David Wolman, Outside Online, "The Man Who Chases Auroras to Push Away Darkness," 6 Jan. 2020 Since then, skin-care obsessives haven't wavered in vying for the techniques and products that yield the preternaturally luminous glass skin glow. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "A 7-Step Guide to Glowing “Glass Skin” From a K-Beauty Insider," 25 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Buyers who need fleets of vehicles care about reliability and durability, not style and leather seats, lowering the bar for entry. Alex Davies, Wired, "A $100 Million Investment Pulls an EV Startup Out of Stealth Mode," 16 Jan. 2020 The real leaders care about the people, not about the opinion of those who are going to give them money for their campaigns. Washington Post, "‘Everyone wants a place where they feel safe,’ says Joy Harjo, the first Native American U.S. poet laureate," 14 Jan. 2020 Whereas the core value of the caring classes is, precisely, care, the core value of the professional-managerials might best be described as proceduralism. David Graeber, The New York Review of Books, "The Center Blows Itself Up: Care and Spite in the ‘Brexit Election’," 13 Jan. 2020 Today's driver-assistance systems don't care one whit about the tires, which is a mistake, Bridgestone says. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, "Bridgestone Rolls Out a Connected Tire Concept Claimed to Make You Safer," 8 Jan. 2020 Dermals are relatively permanent and commonly prone to infections if not cared for properly. Devon Abelman, Allure, "JB of GOT7 Just Got a Piercing Under His Eye," 2 Jan. 2020 And there are additional downsides: bike techs are just now learning to work on the system, so not every wrench will know how to care for it. Kelly Bastone, Outside Online, "Is Fox's Electronic Suspension Worth Thousands?," 31 Dec. 2019 But markets don’t care about these things over shorter time frames. Ben Carlson, Fortune, "10 Things Investors Can Bank on in the New Year," 27 Dec. 2019 Most residents of Chamonix no longer care about answers. The Economist, "Death in the Alps," 20 Dec. 2019

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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The first known use of care was before the 12th century

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18 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Care.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/care. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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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, 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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