Essential Meaning of care
1 : effort made to do something correctly, safely, or without causing damage She used care in selecting a doctor for her son. a box marked "Handle With Care" [=handle carefully]
2 : things that are done to keep someone healthy, safe, etc. The children have inadequate medical care and little formal education. We need to provide poor people with better dental care. See More ExamplesHe is under a doctor's care. [=is being treated by a doctor] The boys were in the care of [=being looked after by] their grandparents.
3 : things that are done to keep something in good condition She wrote a book about car care. With proper care, the machine should last a decade or more. See More ExamplesShe is an expert on skin/hair care. She knows a lot about the care and feeding of horses. These machines don't need a lot of care and feeding. [=maintenance]
Full 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 also : something that causes such a state : a particular worry, concern, etc. Relax and leave all your cares behind.
b : a cause for such anxiety
3a : painstaking or watchful attention his gentlemen conduct me with all care to some securest lodging— John Keats — see also take care
4 : regard coming from desire or esteem a care for the common good
6 : a person or thing that is an object of attention, anxiety, or solicitude The flower garden was her special care.
Definition of care (Entry 2 of 2)
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
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
: 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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