—n. 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.
—v.i. 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.
—v.t. 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] —n. a private organization for the collection of funds, goods, etc., for distribution to the needy in foreign countries. Also,Care