: care for oneself
stroke victims capable of daily self-care
the necessity of busy working parents to take time for self-care
specifically : health care provided by oneself often without the consultation of a medical professional
Over-the-counter (OTC) drugs are a common route for self-care, and consumers are eagerly using them … Alison Stein Wellner
sometimes used before another noun
At-home screening is one side of the burgeoning self-care movement … Stephen Rae

Examples of self-care in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Collaborations between brands and athletes are crucial in shaping a future where representation, style, and self-care are celebrated as integral components of athletic excellence. Devine Blacksher, Essence, 18 Apr. 2024 Both days will kick off with children’s readings with the L.A. Public Library and Lil’ Libros, before moving on to discussions on topics including self-care and Latinx generational wealth, the power of the Latinx vote and first-generation experiences. Fidel Martinez, Los Angeles Times, 18 Apr. 2024 Jessica and Melissa frequently share health and self-care tips for improved wellness with their Instagram followers, who regularly provide feedback that the twins use to develop new products. Michael Butler, Miami Herald, 15 Apr. 2024 You’re supposed to be on top of your steps and drinking enough water and your social life and your mental health and self-care. Jamie Ducharme, TIME, 12 Apr. 2024 Make sure to also take time for self-care amid busy schedules, Kay said. Kristen Rogers, CNN, 10 Apr. 2024 While this extensive ritual served me for a period—as both a radical act of self-care and a meaningful way to research loads of products simultaneously—the process became quite cumbersome. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 9 Apr. 2024 Best for: Moms who appreciate holistic wellness and enjoy incorporating aromatherapy into their self-care routines, providing a tranquil atmosphere at home. Bethany Braun-Silva, ABC News, 8 Apr. 2024 That's why Jasmine Khadija, who has been a flight attendant for two years, always prioritizes self-care. Samantha Leal, Travel + Leisure, 6 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1841, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-care was in 1841

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Cite this Entry

“Self-care.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


: care for oneself : self-treatment
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