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 meaning I 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

Included in a collection of papers from those days are pamphlets, articles and other material related to medical care. Sydney Ember, New York Times, "Bernie Sanders Went to Canada, and a Dream of ‘Medicare for All’ Flourished," 9 Sep. 2019 But aside from geography, inequities exist around access to care and systemic health disparities, particularly for people of color andresidents of low-income communities. Erin Allday, SFChronicle.com, "Major shortcomings in organ transplant network flagged in UCSF, Columbia studies," 7 Sep. 2019 In low income countries, only 3% of kids have access to surgical care. Caroline Yao, Quartz, "One of the biggest threats to children across the world begins in hospitals," 7 Sep. 2019 Migrant parents were transferred to adult detention centers to await prosecution while their children were transferred to the care of HHS. Alan Gomez, USA TODAY, "Government watchdog: Separated migrant children suffered PTSD, other mental trauma," 4 Sep. 2019 Without a new backup power source, thousands of people will lose access to medical care in a disaster. Washington Post, "The U.S. Virgin Islands suffered power outages and Puerto Rico was largely unscathed, but Florida might feel the brunt of the storm.," 1 Sep. 2019 Last month, Cacciotti revealed how doctors had advised that his wife be moved to hospice care amid her battle with cancer. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "How Valerie Harper's Husband Tony Cacciotti Was Undyingly Devoted to Her Until the End," 30 Aug. 2019 Now, though, the star is receiving major backlash from folks on Reddit who are concerned with her all-natural approach to skin care. Kaleigh Fasanella, Teen Vogue, "Bella Thorne Shared How She Treats Acne Scars," 29 Aug. 2019 Now, though, the star is receiving major backlash from folks on Reddit who are concerned with her all-natural approach to skin care. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Bella Thorne’s Lemon Juice Acne-Scar Treatment May Be Natural, But It’s Also Very Bad for Your Skin," 28 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Before her Twitter statement, Underwood had previously believed people in her district cared more about issues such as health care than impeachment. BostonGlobe.com, "WASHINGTON — What did about three dozen House Democrats do over their summer vacation? They decided they wanted to try to impeach President Trump.," 11 Sep. 2019 That opposition may be fiercest in some of the states Democrats care about most. Washington Post, "Democrats step on shaky political ground with fracking bans," 11 Sep. 2019 In lower-income countries, there are around 330 pediatric neurosurgeons caring for 1.2 billion children. Caroline Yao, Quartz, "One of the biggest threats to children across the world begins in hospitals," 7 Sep. 2019 In Tony Kushner’s play turned HBO mini-series, Angels in America, some doctors refused to work with dying AIDS patients, leaving them in dirty beds to be cared for by anyone brave enough to enter the ward. Joelle Monique, The Hollywood Reporter, "How 'It: Chapter Two' Leaves Richie Tozier Behind," 7 Sep. 2019 The baby is now under the Social Welfare Department’s care. Fox News, "Ohio woman charged after carrying newborn in luggage at Philippines airport as new details emerge," 6 Sep. 2019 This mistrust can stem from all sorts of things, including previous negative experiences with doctors or concerns that health care or governmental institutions do not care about their best interests. Scientific American, "How Misinformation Spreads—and Why We Trust It," 3 Sep. 2019 Last year, the Intrepid Foundation disbursed more than $1 million among its projects, which range from supporting porters on Kilimanjaro and in Peru to caring for elephants in Thailand and researching the carbon-killing capabilities of seaweed. Fortune, "What It Means to Be the Chief Purpose Officer at the World’s Largest Adventure Travel Company," 1 Sep. 2019 Sears: Get up to 40% off select appliances, in addition to an extra 10% off appliances and select floor care online this weekend. Jacob Krol, Noelle Ike And Banu Ibrahim, CNN Underscored, "Labor Day Sales 2019: Your A-Z guide to shop on Sunday," 1 Sep. 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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care

noun

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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