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

The major difference lies in the fact that glass skin is more focused on a skin-care routine, while buttery skin is a specific makeup technique. Bella Cacciatore, Allure, "Buttery Skin Is the Biggest New Makeup Trend, and I Tried It," 9 Apr. 2019 West isn't alone in her fascination with beauty: 69-percent of Gen Z-ers (who fall between the ages of seven and 22) use color cosmetics and 68-percent have a skin-care regimen, according to NPD research via WWD. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "North West, Age Five, Stars On Her First Solo Magazine Cover," 22 Feb. 2019 Finally, in a twist on the copycatting narrative, the huge conglomerate L’Oréal slapped buzzy indie skin care brand Drunk Elephant with a lawsuit alleging the latter had infringed on one of its formula patents for a vitamin C product. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "The biggest beauty trend in 2018? Makeup brands behaving badly," 18 Dec. 2018 So its logical next step is Flamingo, a direct-to-consumer hair removal and body-care brand for women that launches Tuesday. Alexandra Olson, The Seattle Times, "After men’s razors, Harry’s launches shaving brand for women," 15 Oct. 2018 Organized by type, her drawers under the sink are tidily filled with makeup, skin care, hair tools, and styling products. Allure, "Famed Beauty Founder Anastasia Soare Gave Us a Tour of Her Gorgeous Bathroom," 26 Mar. 2019 After the waters recede, people will need medical care, food, and supplies to rebuild their homes and lives. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "Why disaster relief is so hard," 25 Mar. 2019 Take great care, especially in things that are taken for granted. Samantha Drake, Country Living, "All About James Spader's Very Private Relationship With Leslie Stefanson," 23 Mar. 2019 The State Department is demanding that a dozen U.S. citizens and permanent residents being held in detention in Venezuela be granted access to proper nutrition and medical care, and be afforded fair judicial treatment. Courtney Mcbride, WSJ, "Concern Grows for U.S. Citizens Detained in Venezuela," 22 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Nielsen data show that even in the Seattle area, just 2 percent of people who identify as Republican, or who lean Republican, care about a politician’s stance on the environment. Gene Balk / Fyi Guy, The Seattle Times, "Where might voters support a Green New Deal? Seattle ranks high, new survey data show," 26 Mar. 2019 Who cares if the characters are complex and whole, so long as there’s a shopping montage? Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Welcome to Rom-Com Week," 11 Feb. 2019 Even, that is, as the plastic vortex in the middle of the Pacific and, say, the ongoing struggle to care for an aging parent loomed at the periphery. Pilar Guzmán, Condé Nast Traveler, "Editor's Letter: The Wisdom of the Wild," 10 Oct. 2018 While Carrie in the early 2000s may have cared more about sales at Barneys, building a closet the size of an apartment, and slurping on fancy cocktails, Carrie now would be completely different. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Watch Sarah Jessica Parker Revive Carrie Bradshaw in Stella's Epic Super Bowl Ad," 3 Feb. 2019 But either buyers simply don’t care about the technology, or Intel hasn’t done a good enough job explaining the Core+ branding to the general public. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel kills Optane 'Core+' desktop processor bundles as 3D XPoint venture dissolves," 15 Jan. 2019 That’s why all of these big tech players actually care about this. Eric Johnson, Recode, "What’s next for virtual assistants like Alexa? Maybe buying stuff for you automatically.," 24 Dec. 2018 So, if folks really care about liberation and human rights for all, why do international conversations on human rights exclude Black and Brown people in U.S. ’hoods? Eva Lewis, Teen Vogue, "I Traveled to Paris to Advocate for Human Rights in Chicago's South Side," 27 Nov. 2018 The Klingons have hair again (fans did not care for the bald look), and Michelle Yeoh returns as the former ruler of the Terran Empire, Philippa Georgiou. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Spock smiles in the face of danger in new trailer for Star Trek: Discovery S2," 13 Dec. 2018

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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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