care for

phrasal verb
cared for; caring for; cares for

Definition of care for

1 : to do the things that are needed to help and protect (a person or animal) : look after (someone or something) She cares for elderly patients. Who is caring for your son while you are at work?
2 : to feel affection for (someone) I got the feeling he never really cared for me.
3 somewhat formal : to like or enjoy (something) often used in negative statementsI don't care for jelly beans.I don't care for your tone of voice.
4 somewhat formal : to want (something) Would you care for some pie?

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“Care for.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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