- The definition of care is close attention or a concern for another.
- An example of care is how someone feels about the well being of their pet.
- An example of care is someone paying special attention to how they are driving in unfavorable weather.
- An example of care is someone leaving their children to be watched over by another.
- Care is defined as to have feelings like concern, responsibility or love for someone or something.
- An example of care is someone feeling anxious about their spouse going out to a singles bar.
- An example of care is how someone feels about their friend's well-being.
This girl cares about her cat.
- a troubled or burdened state of mind; worry; concern
- a cause of such a mental state
- close attention or careful heed: to drive with care
- a liking or regard (for): to show no care for others
- charge; protection; custody: left in a friend's care
- something to watch over or attend to; a responsibility
Origin of careMiddle English ; from Old English caru, sorrow ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ĝar-, cry out, scream from source Classical Latin garrulus, garrulous, Gothic kara, care, German kar-, in karfreitag, Good Friday
intransitive verbcared, caring
- to have objection, worry, regret, etc.; mind: do you care if I go?
- to feel concern or interest: to care about others
- to feel love or a liking (for)
- to take charge of; look after; provide (for)
- to wish (for); want: do you care for more pie?
- to feel concern about or interest in: I don't care what you did
- to wish or desire: do you care to eat now?
could care less
Origin of carecorruption of phr. couldn't care less
have a care
(in) care of☆
take care of☆
- to have charge of or be responsible for; look after; attend to
- to provide for; protect against trouble, want, etc.
- a. A concerned or troubled state of mind, as that arising from serious responsibility; worry.b. An object or source of worry, attention, or solicitude: the many cares of a working parent.c. Interest, regard, or liking: did not show the least care for her.
- a. Close attention, as in doing something well or avoiding harm: painted the trim with care.b. Upkeep; maintenance: a product for the care of fine floors; hair care products.c. Watchful oversight; charge or supervision: left the child in the care of a neighbor.
- Attentive assistance or treatment to those in need: a hospital that provides emergency care.
verbcared cared, car·ing, cares
- To be concerned or interested: Once inside, we didn't care whether it rained or not.
- To provide needed assistance or watchful supervision: cared for the wounded; caring for an aged relative at home.
- To object or mind: If no one cares, I'll smoke.
- a. To have a liking or attachment: didn't care for the movie.b. To have a wish; be inclined: Would you care for another helping?
- To wish; desire: Would you care to dance?
- To be concerned to the degree of: I don't care a bit what critics think.
Origin of careMiddle English, from Old English cearu.
(countable and uncountable, plural cares)
- Close attention; concern; responsibility.
- Care should be taken when holding babies.
- I don't have a care in the world.
- Maintenance, upkeep.
- dental care
- The treatment of those in need (especially as a profession).
- The state of being cared for by others.
- in care
- The object of watchful attention or anxiety.
From Middle English care, from Old English caru, ċearu (“care, concern, anxiety, sorrow, grief, trouble”), from Proto-Germanic *karō (“care, sorrow, cry”), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵār-, *gÀr- (“voice, exclamation”). Cognate with Old Saxon cara, kara (“concern, action”), Middle High German kar (“sorrow, lamentation”), Icelandic kör (“sickbed”), Gothic (kara, “concern, care”). Related also to Dutch karig (“scanty”), German karg (“sparse, meagre, barren”). See chary.
(third-person singular simple present cares, present participle caring, simple past and past participle cared)
- (intransitive) To be concerned about, have an interest in.
- I don't care what you think.
- (intransitive) To look after.
- Young children can learn to care for a pet.
- (intransitive) To be mindful of.
- Polite or formal way to say want.
- Would you care for another slice of cake?
- Would you care to dance?
From Middle English caren, carien, from Old English carian (“to sorrow, grieve, be troubled, be anxious, to care for, heed”), from Proto-Germanic *karōną (“to care”), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵār-, *gÀr- (“voice, exclamation”). Cognate with Middle High German karn (“to complain, lament, grieve, mourn”), Alemannic German karen, kären (“to groan, wheeze, give a death rattle”), Swedish kära (“to fall in love”), Icelandic kæra (“to care, like”), Gothic (karōn, “to be concerned”).
care - Legal Definition
- Serious attention, concern, interest, or regard.
- In negligence law, the level of caution and prudence demanded in the conduct of a person in a given situation. The appropriate level is determined by measuring the potential dangers in the particular situation, the risk that the person’s actions might bring the risk to fruition, and the possible ways of minimizing or eliminating the risk. In some situations, the level of care owed is determined by statute. See also reasonable man, malpractice, and negligence.
- A phrase used to describe the level of care that an ordinarily reasonable, intelligent, and prudent person would use under the same or similar circumstances. For example, “Smith’s failure to exercise due care before the accident constitutes negligence.” Depending upon the seriousness of the particular situation and the known risks, due care may be reasonable care or a higher or lower degree of care.
- See reasonable care.