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,
a. be alert; be careful: Take care that you don't fall on the ice!
b. take care of yourself; goodbye: used as an expression of parting.
8. take care of,
a. to watch over; be responsible for: to take care of an invalid.
b. 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): Would you care for dessert? I don't care for him very much.

1. to feel concern about: He doesn't care what others say.
2. to wish; desire; like: Would you care to dance?
3. couldn't care less, could not care less; be completely unconcerned: I couldn't care less whether she goes to the party or not. Also,could care less.


Pronunciation: (kâr), [key]
a private organization for the collection of funds, goods, etc., for distribution to the needy in foreign countries. Also,Care

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