See also: Care, caré, căre, čáře, çare, çarë, and -care

EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

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 *ǵeh₂r- (shout, call). Cognate with Old Saxon cara, kara (concern, action), Middle High German kar (sorrow, lamentation), Icelandic kör (sickbed), Gothic 𐌺𐌰𐍂𐌰 (kara, concern, care). Related also to Dutch karig (scanty), German karg (sparse, meagre, barren), Latin garriō, Ancient Greek γῆρυς (gêrus). See also chary.

NounEdit

care (countable and uncountable, plural cares)

  1. (obsolete) Grief, sorrow. [13th–19th c.]
    • c. 1595, William Shakespeare, Richard II, Act III, Scene ii[1]:
      More health and happiness betide my liege / Than can my care-tuned tongue deliver him!
    • c. 1606, William Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act II Scene ii[2]:
      Sleep, that knits up the ravell'd sleave of care.
    • 1885, Richard F. Burton, The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night, Night 566:
      One day, among the days, he bethought him of this and fell lamenting for that the most part of his existence was past and he had not been vouchsafed a son, to inherit the kingdom after him, even as he had inherited it from his fathers and forebears; by reason whereof there betided him sore cark and care and chagrin exceeding.
  2. Close attention; concern; responsibility.
    Care should be taken when holding babies.
  3. Worry.
    I don't have a care in the world.
    • 1956, Irving Berlin (lyrics and music), “Cheek to Cheek”:
      Yes, heaven, I'm in heaven / And the cares that hung around me through the week / Seem to vanish like a gambler's lucky streak
  4. Maintenance, upkeep.
    dental care
  5. The treatment of those in need (especially as a profession).
    • 2013 June 21, Karen McVeigh, “US rules human genes can't be patented”, in The Guardian Weekly[3], volume 189, number 2, page 10:
      The US supreme court has ruled unanimously that natural human genes cannot be patented, a decision that scientists and civil rights campaigners said removed a major barrier to patient care and medical innovation.
  6. The state of being cared for by others.
    in care
  7. The object of watchful attention or anxiety.
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QuotationsEdit
  • 1925, Walter Anthony and Tom Reed (titles), Rupert Julian (director), The Phantom of the Opera, silent movie
    ‘Have a care, Buquet—ghosts like not to be seen or talked about!’

Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English caren, carien, from Old English carian (to sorrow, grieve, be troubled, be anxious, to care for, heed), from Proto-West Germanic *karōn (to care), from Proto-Germanic *karōną (to care).

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 𐌺𐌰𐍂𐍉𐌽 (karōn, to be concerned).

VerbEdit

care (third-person singular simple present cares, present participle caring, simple past and past participle cared)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To be concerned (about), to have an interest (in); to feel concern (about).
    "She doesn't care what you think." "I don't care, I'm still going."
    • c. 1610-11, William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act I, Scene i[4]:
      [] What cares these roarers [i.e. thunder] for the name of king? []
    • 1959, Georgette Heyer, chapter 1, in The Unknown Ajax:
      And no use for anyone to tell Charles that this was because the Family was in mourning for Mr Granville Darracott […]: Charles might only have been second footman at Darracott Place for a couple of months when that disaster occurred, but no one could gammon him into thinking that my lord cared a spangle for his heir.
    • 2012 May 27, Nathan Rabin, “TV: Review: THE SIMPSONS (CLASSIC): “New Kid On The Block” (season 4, episode 8; originally aired 11/12/1992)”, in The Onion AV Club:
      This newfound infatuation renders Bart uncharacteristically vulnerable. He suddenly has something to care about beyond causing trouble and makes a dramatic transformation from hell-raiser to gentleman about town.
  2. (intransitive, polite, formal) To want, to desire; to like; to be inclined towards.
    Would you care for another slice of cake?
    Would you care to dance?
    I don't care to hear your opinion.
  3. (intransitive) (with for) To look after or look out for.
    Young children can learn to care for a pet.
    He cared for his mother while she was sick.
  4. (intransitive, Appalachia) To mind; to object.
    • 2006, Grace Toney Edwards, JoAnn Aust Asbury, Ricky L. Cox, A Handbook to Appalachia: An Introduction to the Region, Univ. of Tennessee Press (→ISBN), page 108:
      After introducing herself, the therapist then asked the patient if it would be all right to do the exercises which the doctor had ordered for her. The patient would response, "Well, I don't care to." For several days, the therapist immediately left the room and officially recorded that the patient had "refused" therapy. [...] It was not until months later that this therapist [...] discovered that she should have been interpreting "I don't care to" as "I don't mind" doing those exercises now.
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FrenchEdit

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care

  1. inflection of carer:
    1. first/third-person singular present indicative
    2. first/third-person singular present subjunctive
    3. second-person singular imperative

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ItalianEdit

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AdjectiveEdit

care

  1. feminine plural of caro

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LatinEdit

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carē

  1. second-person singular present active imperative of careō

AdjectiveEdit

cāre

  1. vocative masculine singular of cārus

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Middle EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old English caru, ċearu (care, concern, anxiety, sorrow, grief, trouble). See Modern English care for more.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

care (plural cares)

  1. grief; sorrow [from 13th c.]

DescendantsEdit

  • English: care
  • Yola: caure

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PaliEdit

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NounEdit

care

  1. inflection of cara (walker; frequenting):
    1. locative singular
    2. accusative plural

VerbEdit

care

  1. first-person singular present/imperative middle of carati (to walk)
  2. optative active singular of carati (to walk)

RomanianEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Latin quālis, quālem.

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DeterminerEdit

care

  1. which
    Care din aceste jocuri este nou?
    Which of these games is new?

InflectionEdit

PronounEdit

care

  1. which, that, who
    El este un om care a văzut foarte multe lucruri.
    He is a man who has seen very many things.

Etymology 2Edit

NounEdit

care n pl

  1. plural of car (cart)

VerbEdit

care

  1. third-person singular present subjunctive of căra
  2. third-person plural present subjunctive of căra

VenetianEdit

AdjectiveEdit

care f

  1. feminine plural of caro