Care Definition

cared, cares, caring
A troubled or burdened state of mind; worry; concern.
Webster's New World
A cause of such a mental state.
Webster's New World
An object or source of worry, attention, or solicitude.
The many cares of a working parent.
American Heritage
A liking or regard (for)
To show no care for others.
Webster's New World
Close attention or careful heed.
To drive with care.
Webster's New World
cared, cares, caring
To feel concern about or interest in.
I don't care what you did.
Webster's New World
To have objection, worry, regret, etc.; mind.
Do you care if I go?
Webster's New World
To feel concern or interest.
To care about others.
Webster's New World
To provide needed assistance or watchful supervision.
Cared for the wounded; caring for an aged relative at home.
American Heritage
To object or mind.
If no one cares, I'll smoke.
American Heritage
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Webster's New World
Used to denote a plan that provides health care services.
could care less
  • feel(s) no interest, sympathy, etc. about something
Webster's New World
have a care
  • to be careful
Webster's New World
(in) care of
  • at the address of
Webster's New World
take care of
  • to have charge of or be responsible for; look after; attend to
  • to provide for; protect against trouble, want, etc.
Webster's New World

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Origin of Care

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old English cearu

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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