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

Helene Au, 105, who managed inherited property on Capitol Hill and volunteered at the Audubon Society bookstore in Georgetown, died May 18 at a care center in Fredericksburg, Va. Washington Post, "Community deaths," 17 July 2019 Everyone is accounted for, and six residents are being housed overnight at a care facility set up at Vista Murrieta High School. Los Angeles Times, "Fatal gas line explosion in Murrieta a warning for home contractors," 16 July 2019 Planned Parenthood Arizona will also be teaming up with Aunt Rita's Foundation in Phoenix to reach out to patients who seek this care but lack the financial resources to access it. Aubrey Carpenter, azcentral, "Planned Parenthood Arizona receives $10K from Phoenix Pride for HIV prevention," 16 July 2019 Amick said his work as a pharmacist for long-term care patients, focusing on complying with regulatory agencies, would help him as a board member. Bob Sandrick, cleveland.com, "Nine residents applied for open seat on North Royalton school board," 16 July 2019 The site will also have case managers to help connect people to services, such as Navigation Centers, mental health care or long-term housing. Trisha Thadani, SFChronicle.com, "SF proposes first safe parking lot for homeless living out of vehicles," 15 July 2019 In the meantime, the third season of The Handmaid’s Tale continues to take care in making every horrific detail feel real to the audience. Liz Shannon Miller, The Verge, "Hulu’s Handmaid’s Tale is a model of longform worldbuilding," 15 July 2019 The family thanks the staff of UConn Health, particularly in ICU and on the 6th floor Oncology and the Hartford HealthCare Hospice Team, for their sincere kindness and wonderful care. courant.com, "Pearl Vogel," 15 July 2019 The Black Stork starred and was written by the Chicago physician Harry Haiselden, who controversially and fatally denied care to a baby with partial paralysis. Audrey Farley, The Atlantic, "Steel Magnolias Is a Beloved Weepy With a Dark Side," 15 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But does Wall Street, the emblem of our free market system, care if American democracy is debased, as long as the profits keep rolling in? Larry Edelman, BostonGlobe.com, "On Wall Street, do profits trump democracy?," 17 July 2019 Friends and loved ones described him as caring and community oriented. Freep.com, "This top cop ripped apart a Michigan town," 17 July 2019 Extensive research has documented the effectiveness of training programs to help adults who are caring for their parents. Frank J. Infurna, The Conversation, "The real midlife crisis confronting many Americans," 15 July 2019 But Juarez—founder of her eponymous PR firm—doesn't really care what some other people might say. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Everything in this Pattern-Happy Home Office Has a Hidden Meaning," 12 July 2019 From Hurricane Florence For more information on safely caring for your pets during extreme weather conditions, visit Ready.gov/animals. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Reminder: It's Illegal to Tie up Pets During a Hurricane or Flood in Louisiana," 12 July 2019 Those people really care about me and would say the truth—not only about dress code decisions. Olivia Fleming, Harper's BAZAAR, "Will the Real Irina Shayk Please Stand Up," 11 July 2019 The smaller males care for the eggs, fanning them and mouthing them to clean them. Jenny Howard, National Geographic, "These fish eggs aren't hatching. The culprit? Light pollution.," 9 July 2019 The usual culprits were blamed in what has become an annual bout of soul-searching: HDTVs give fans a better view of the game, stadium WiFi stinks, tickets and parking are too expensive, students care less about their schools’ teams, etc. nola.com, "$2 beers! $1 hot dogs! Louisiana Lafayette football sets new standard for concession prices," 29 June 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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