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: 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.
: a cause for such anxiety
: painstaking or watchful attention
his gentlemen conduct me with all care to some securest lodging—John Keatssee also take care
floor-care productssee also take care of
: regard coming from desire or esteem
a care for the common good
: charge, supervision
left the house in his care
especially : responsibility for or attention to health, well-being, and safety
under a doctor's caresee also health care, take care of
: a person or thing that is an object of attention, anxiety, or solicitude
The flower garden was her special care.
: to feel trouble or anxiety
cared for his safety
: to feel interest or concern
care about freedom
: to give care
care for the sick
: to have a liking, fondness, or taste
don't care for your attitude
: to have an inclination
would you care for some pie
: to be concerned about or to the extent of
don't care what they say
doesn't care a damn
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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
NounThese issues are exacerbated by entrenched gender roles that often place the bulk of housework and child care on women – who, more educated and financially independent than ever, are increasingly unwilling to bear this unequal burden. —Jessie Yeung, CNN, 23 Mar. 2023 Along with the salary payments, Balow will be paid more than $22,000 for health-care costs and more than $10,000 in unused vacation and sick time. —Gregory S. Schneider, Washington Post, 22 Mar. 2023 Ted Lasso was at the White House on Monday to promote mental health care. —Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 21 Mar. 2023 Stories will be posted here every month, along with tips and resources to help people cope. COVID-19 grief lingers COVID-19 pandemic in Arizona exacerbates a mental health care crisis. —The Arizona Republic, 21 Mar. 2023 Medicaid expansion will not improve North Carolina’s health-care system. —Donald Bryson, National Review, 21 Mar. 2023 What are child-care options if LAUSD schools close for a strike? —Kenya Romero, Los Angeles Times, 21 Mar. 2023 The commission is an independent state agency that develops policies to reduce health care cost growth and improve the quality of patient care. —Kay Lazar, BostonGlobe.com, 20 Mar. 2023 David Steckel is a home expert at Thumbtack, a service that connects people with home-care professionals. —Kristine Gill, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Mar. 2023
VerbGoalie Atticus Kelly has a record of 12-0-2, with a goals-against average of 1.58.Jim Davis/Globe Staff Tolan and his staff care equally for each of the 35 players on the team, not just the 23 that dress, to form a cohesive unit. —Cam Kerry, BostonGlobe.com, 23 Mar. 2023 Of course, older Americans care deeply about Social Security — and often cast their votes accordingly. —Catherine Poisson, CNN, 23 Mar. 2023 Sanderson’s readers—loving, legion—care about something else. —Jason Kehe, WIRED, 23 Mar. 2023 Those volunteers found that 50% support the fence’s removal, 18% oppose it and the remainder are either undecided or don’t care, a Soto-Martinez aide said. —David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times, 23 Mar. 2023 But at the end of the day, none of our customers care about any of that complexity. —Fortune Editors, Fortune, 22 Mar. 2023 When people care deeply about protecting something, there are different ways that the law can address this. —IEEE Spectrum, 22 Mar. 2023 The location is better for travelers looking for a quieter area than the center of Berlin or those who don’t care about being in the middle of the city’s famous club scene. —Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, 22 Mar. 2023 But spring breakers continue to gather near the border, some of them seemed aware of the dangers ongoing in Mexico while others appeared to not know or even care. —Peter Aitken, Fox News, 20 Mar. 2023 See More
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