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care

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noun \ˈker\

Definition of care

  1. 1 :  suffering of mind :  grief

  2. 2a :  a disquieted state of mixed uncertainty, apprehension, and responsibility oppressed by sickness, grief, or care — William Wordsworthb :  a cause for such anxiety

  3. 3a :  painstaking or watchful attention his gentlemen conduct me with all care to some securest lodging — John Keatsb :  maintenance floor-care products

  4. 4 :  regard coming from desire or esteem a care for the common good

  5. 5 :  charge, supervision under a doctor's care

  6. 6 :  a person or thing that is an object of attention, anxiety, or solicitude The flower garden was her special care.

Examples of care in a Sentence

  1. She used care in selecting a doctor for her son.

  2. The children have inadequate medical care and little formal education.

  3. We need to provide poor people with better dental care.

  4. She wrote a book about car care.

  5. With proper care, the machine should last a decade or more.

  6. She is an expert on skin care.

  7. She knows a lot about the care and feeding of horses.

  8. She looks as if all the cares of the world are on her shoulders.

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Origin and Etymology of care

Middle English, from Old English caru; akin to Old High German kara lament, Old Irish gairm call, cry, Latin garrire to chatter

Synonym Discussion of care

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

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care

verb

Definition of care

cared

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caring

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  to feel trouble or anxiety cared for his safetyb :  to feel interest or concern care about freedom

  3. 2 :  to give care care for the sick

  4. 3a :  to have a liking, fondness, or taste don't care for your attitudeb :  to have an inclination would you care for some pie

  5. transitive verb
  6. 1 :  to be concerned about or to the extent of don't care what they say doesn't care a damn

  7. 2 :  wish if you care to go

carer

noun

care less

  1. :  not to care —used positively and negatively with the same meaning I could care less what happens I couldn't care less what happens

Examples of care in a Sentence

  1. He doesn't care if he gets fired.

  2. I care what happens to her.

  3. On Valentine's Day, send her flowers to show that you care.

  4. I didn't know you cared.

  5. I wouldn't care to be in your shoes right now.

  6. I'm going for a walk. Would you care to join me?

  7. He'll show the photos to anyone who cares to see them.

  8. More factors influenced her decision than she cares to admit.

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Origin and Etymology of care

see 1care


CARE Defined for English Language Learners

care

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noun

Definition of care for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of care for English Language Learners

  • : to feel interest in something : to be interested in or concerned about something

  • : to feel affection for someone

  • : to want to do something or to be something


CARE Defined for Kids

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care

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noun \ˈker\

Definition of care for Students

  1. 1 :  serious attention Care is needed when crossing a busy street.

  2. 2 :  protection 1, supervision The injured player is under a doctor's care.

  3. 3 :  proper maintenance of property or equipment

  4. 4 :  a feeling of concern or worry He acts as if he hasn't a care in the world.


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care

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verb

Definition of care for Students

cared

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caring

  1. 1 :  to feel interest or concern We care about what happens to you.

  2. 2 :  to provide help, protection, or supervision to :  look after His job is to care for the sick.

  3. 3 :  to have a liking or desire Do you care for more tea?


Medical Dictionary

care

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noun \ˈka(ə)r, ˈke(ə)r\

Medical Definition of care

  1. :  responsibility for or attention to health, well-being, and safety—see acute care, health care, intensive care, primary care, tertiary care

care

intransitive verb

cared

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caring


Law Dictionary

care

noun

Legal Definition of care

  1. 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 Editor's 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.

  2. 2a :  personal supervision or responsibility :  charge b :  maintenance



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