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 A few weeks later he was taken into foster care with volunteers Gayle and Ray, who worked with Geronimo during his years-long stay at the Humane Society of Summit County. Laura Johnston, cleveland, "Cleveland embraces Lake Erie, Indians win 22 games straight: Biggest feel-good stories of the 2010s," 31 Dec. 2019 West Virginia’s foster care population has increased 67 percent since 2013, according to state data. Washington Post, "‘We are just destroying these kids’: The foster children growing up inside detention centers," 31 Dec. 2019 Treat yourself with care and understanding and then recommit to your goal the following day. Jelena Kecmanovic, Quartz, "Rules for resolutions: 7 ways to make commitments you’ll keep," 31 Dec. 2019 Some sheriffs defend the practice as a way to keep jail medical costs down while allowing people who aren’t a threat to society to access care. Connor Sheets | Csheets@al.com, al, "What Happens When Alabama Sheriffs Release Violent Offenders to Avoid Paying Their Medical Bills," 31 Dec. 2019 Life in the city can get expensive, and sometimes people can’t afford a little self-care or a fun night out. Mindy Sink, The Know, "Colorado restaurants, yoga studios and even theaters that offer pay-what-you-can experiences," 30 Dec. 2019 What make these linens stand out is the fact that they're made of fade-, stain-, shrink- and wrinkle-resistant fabric for seamless, foolproof care. Banu Ibrahim, CNN Underscored, "These are the best sheets, according to Amazon reviewers," 30 Dec. 2019 As this is Doppsee’s first pregnancy, the animal care and veterinary staff will continue to monitor Doppsee and her calf closely in the next few weeks. Fox News, "Rare black rhino baby born on Christmas Eve," 28 Dec. 2019 Star of Hope has offered comprehensive programs for daily care and long-term solutions to homelessness in Houston since 1907. Houston Chronicle, "Greenwood King celebrates 2019, donates to Star of Hope," 28 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Greta either didn’t know or didn’t care that teenagers are supposed to be silly, shallow and self-obsessed. Ben Ehrenreich, The New Republic, "The Passion of Greta Thunberg," 27 Dec. 2019 Take chances on a side quest that’s maybe more narrative convenience than coherent thematic enrichment—but who cares! Wired Staff, Wired, "The 24 Absolute Best Movies of the 2010s," 26 Dec. 2019 The people who actually care what’s happening with your family probably already know. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, "I'm Not Sending Christmas Cards This Year," 13 Dec. 2019 For instance, one group of immigrant parents in a diversifying suburban district voiced a belief that other immigrant families are focused on meeting their immediate needs and don’t care about their children’s education. Michelle Valladares, The Conversation, "5 new ways for schools to work with families," 11 Dec. 2019 The Victor Edelstein gown will now be part of the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection after being bought by independent charity Historic Royal Palaces, who care for the collection, for £220,000 ($290,000). Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "The Dress Princess Diana Wore to Dance with John Travolta Just Sold for $290,000," 11 Dec. 2019 People are quick to chime in about what is placed in these goody baskets, but from first hand experience, our drivers didn't care what was in there! Kelsey Hurwitz, Woman's Day, "People Are Leaving Out Snacks For Delivery Workers This Holiday Season, and It's Spreading Christmas Cheer," 10 Dec. 2019 Company heads who care about happy workers, good governance, or climate change might not need a lot of convincing as to why becoming a B Corp might make sense. Cassie Werber, Quartz at Work, "Danone is showing multinationals the way to a less destructive form of capitalism," 9 Dec. 2019 Two nurses who cared for him in Dallas were infected. Helen Branswell, STAT, "The Gavi coalition boosts the global stockpile of Ebola vaccines," 5 Dec. 2019

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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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4 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Care.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/care. Accessed 17 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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