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Dictionary Definition



1 the work of caring for or attending to someone or something; "no medical care was required"; "the old car needed constant attention" [syn: attention, aid, tending]
2 judiciousness in avoiding harm or danger; "he exercised caution in opening the door"; "he handled the vase with care" [syn: caution, precaution, forethought]
3 an anxious feeling; "care had aged him"; "they hushed it up out of fear of public reaction" [syn: concern, fear]
4 a cause for feeling concern; "his major care was the illness of his wife"
5 attention and management implying responsibility for safety; "he is in the care of a bodyguard" [syn: charge, tutelage, guardianship]
6 activity involved in maintaining something in good working order; "he wrote the manual on car care" [syn: maintenance, upkeep]


1 feel concern or interest; "I really care about my work"; "I don't care"
2 provide care for; "The nurse was caring for the wounded" [syn: give care]
3 prefer or wish to do something; "Do you care to try this dish?"; "Would you like to come along to the movies?" [syn: wish, like]
4 be in charge of, act on, or dispose of; "I can deal with this crew of workers"; "This blender can't handle nuts"; "She managed her parents' affairs after they got too old" [syn: manage, deal, handle]
5 be concerned with; "I worry about my grades" [syn: worry]

User Contributed Dictionary



Etymology 1

Old English cearu.


  1. A concern or responsibility.
    • Care should be taken when holding babies.
    • I don't have a care in the world.
  2. The career/subject of looking after people.
  3. Not looked after by parents or foster parents (in care).
Derived terms
concern or responsibility
  • Finnish: huoli
  • German: Sorge
  • Spanish: atención, cuidado, esmero
career/subject of looking after people
  • Czech: péče
  • Finnish: hoitoala
  • German: Pflege
not looked after by parents or foster parents (in care)
  • Finnish: huosta
  • German: Pflege
  • 1925: Walter Anthony and Tom Reed (titles), Rupert Julian (director), The Phantom of the Opera, silent movie
    ‘Have a care, Buquet—ghosts like not to be seen or talked about!’

Etymology 2

Old English carian.


  1. To be concerned about, have an interest in.
    I don't care what you think.
  2. To look after.
    Young children can learn to care for a pet.
  3. To be mindful of.
  4. Polite or formal way to say want.
    Would you care for another cake?
    Would you care to dance?
Usage notes
to be concerned about
  • Finnish: välittää
  • German: sorgen
to look after
  • Czech: pečovat, starat se
  • Finnish: hoitaa, huolehtia
  • German: kümmern
to be mindful of
  • Finnish: välittää
  • German: kümmern
to want, politely
  • Finnish: tahtoisitko (verb in conditional)
  • German: respektieren




care p
  1. (feminine plural form of caro) dear (beloved; expensive; in salutation of a letter)






  1. which


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Extensive Definition

Care may be:
CARE may be an acronym for:
care in German: Sorge
care in French: Souci
care in Dutch: CARE
care in Russian: Забота

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