care
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English caru; akin to Old High German kara lament, Old Irish gairm call, cry, Latin garrire to chatter Date: before 12th century 1. suffering of mind ; grief 2. a. a disquieted state of mixed uncertainty, apprehension, and responsibility b. a cause for such anxiety 3. a. painstaking or watchful attention b. maintenance <
floor-care products
>
4. regard coming from desire or esteem 5. charge, supervision <
under a doctor's care
>
6. a person or thing that is an object of attention, anxiety, or solicitude Synonyms: care, concern, solicitude, anxiety, worry mean a troubled or engrossed state of mind or the thing that causes this. care implies oppression of the mind weighed down by responsibility or disquieted by apprehension <
a face worn by years of care
>
. concern implies a troubled state of mind because of personal interest, relation, or affection <
crimes caused concern in the neighborhood
>
. solicitude implies great concern and connotes either thoughtful or hovering attentiveness toward another <
acted with typical maternal solicitude
>
. anxiety stresses anguished uncertainty or fear of misfortune or failure <
plagued by anxiety and self-doubt
>
. worry suggests fretting over matters that may or may not be real cause for anxiety <
financial worries
>
. II. verb (cared; caring) Date: before 12th century intransitive verb 1. a. to feel trouble or anxiety b. to feel interest or concern <
care about freedom
>
2. to give care <
care for the sick
>
3. a. to have a liking, fondness, or taste <
don't care for your attitude
>
b. to have an inclination <
would you care for some pie
>
transitive verb 1. to be concerned about or to the extent of <
don't care what they say
>
<
doesn't care a damn
>
2. wish <
if you care to go
>
carer noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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