care for

phrasal verb

cared for; caring for; cares for
: 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?
: to feel affection for (someone)
I got the feeling he never really cared for me.
somewhat formal : to like or enjoy (something)
often used in negative statements
I don't care for jelly beans.I don't care for your tone of voice.
somewhat formal : to want (something)
Would you care for some pie?

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