care: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (kâr), [key]
— n., v., cared, car•ing.
  1. a state of mind in which one is troubled; worry, anxiety, or concern: He was never free from care.
  2. a cause or object of worry, anxiety, concern, etc.: Their son has always been a great care to them.
  3. serious attention; solicitude; heed; caution: She devotes great care to her work.
  4. protection; charge: He is under the care of a doctor.
  5. temporary keeping, as for the benefit of or until claimed by the owner: He left his valuables in the care of friends. Address my mail in care of the American Embassy.
  6. grief; suffering; sorrow.
  7. Take care that you don't fall on the ice!
    1. be alert; be careful:Take care that you don't fall on the ice!
    2. take care of yourself; goodbye: used as an expression of parting.
  8. to take care of an invalid.
    1. to watch over; be responsible for:to take care of an invalid.
    2. to act on; deal with; attend to:to take care of paying a bill.
  1. to be concerned or solicitous; have thought or regard.
  2. to be concerned or have a special preference (usually used in negative constructions): I don't care if I do.
  3. to make provision or look out (usually fol. by for): Will you care for the children while I am away?
  4. to have an inclination, liking, fondness, or affection (usually fol. by for):I don't care for him very much. Would you care for dessert?
  1. to feel concern about: He doesn't care what others say.
  2. to wish; desire; like: Would you care to dance?
  3. could not care less; be completely unconcerned: I couldn't care less whether she goes to the party or not.


Pronunciation: (kâr), [key]
— n.
  1. a private organization for the collection of funds, goods, etc., for distribution to the needy in foreign countries.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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