- 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
- services offered by a medical staff, hospital, nursing home, etc. to a patient
Origin of careMiddle English from Old English caru, sorrow from Indo-European base an unverified form ?ar-, cry out, scream from source Classical Latin garrulus, garrulous, Gothic kara, care, German kar-, in karfreitag, Good Friday
intransitive verbcared, car′ing
- 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.