Definitions for: Care


[n] activity involved in maintaining something in good working order; "he wrote the manual on car care"
[n] the work of caring for or attending to someone or something; "no medical care was required"; "the old car needed constant attention"
[n] attention and management implying responsibility for safety; "he is under the care of a physician"
[n] judiciousness in avoiding harm or danger; "he exercised caution in opening the door"; "he handled the vase with care"
[n] a cause for feeling concern; "his major care was the illness of his wife"
[n] an anxious feeling; "care had aged him"; "they hushed it up out of fear of public reaction"
[v] be concerned with; "I worry about my grades"
[v] feel concern or interest; "I really care about my work"; "I don't care"
[v] prefer or wish to do something; "Do you care to try this dish?"; "Would you like to come along to the movies?"
[v] 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"
[v] provide care for; "The nurse was caring for the wounded"



Webster (1913) Definition: Care (k[^a]r), n. [AS. caru, cearu; akin to OS. kara
sorrow, Goth. kara, OHG chara, lament, and perh. to Gr.
gh^rys voice. Not akin to cure. Cf. Chary.]
1. A burdensome sense of responsibility; trouble caused by
onerous duties; anxiety; concern; solicitude.

Care keeps his watch in every old man's eye, And
where care lodges, sleep will never lie. --Shak.

2. Charge, oversight, or management, implying responsibility
for safety and prosperity.

The care of all the churches. --2 Cor. xi.
28.

Him thy care must be to find. --Milton.

Perplexed with a thousand cares. --Shak.

3. Attention or heed; caution; regard; heedfulness;
watchfulness; as, take care; have a care.

I thank thee for thy care and honest pains. --Shak.

4. The object of watchful attention or anxiety.

Right sorrowfully mourning her bereaved cares.
--Spenser.

Syn: Anxiety; solicitude; concern; caution; regard;
management; direction; oversight. -- Care, Anxiety,
Solicitude, Concern. These words express mental pain
in different degress. Care belongs primarily to the
intellect, and becomes painful from overburdened
thought. Anxiety denotes a state of distressing
uneasiness fron the dread of evil. Solicitude expresses
the same feeling in a diminished degree. Concern is
opposed to indifference, and implies exercise of anxious
thought more or less intense. We are careful about the
means, solicitous and anxious about the end; we are
solicitous to obtain a good, anxious to avoid an evil.


Care, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Cared; p. pr. & vb. n.
Caring.] [AS. cearian. See Care, n.]
To be anxious or solicitous; to be concerned; to have regard
or interest; -- sometimes followed by an objective of
measure.

I would not care a pin, if the other three were in.
--Shak.

Master, carest thou not that we perish? --Mark. iv.
38.

To care for.
(a) To have under watchful attention; to take care of.
(b) To have regard or affection for; to like or love.

He cared not for the affection of the house.
--Tennyson.

Synonyms: aid, attention, caution, charge, concern, deal, fear, forethought, give care, guardianship, handle, like, maintenance, manage, precaution, tending, tutelage, upkeep, wish, worry

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