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These nouns refer to the function of watching, guarding, or overseeing: left the keys in my care; has charge of the library's rare books; took custody of the author's papers; left the canary in the neighbors' keeping; assumed supervision of the students; documents committed to the bank's trust.
n., v. cared, car•ing. n.
If you care about something, you feel that it is very important or interesting, and you are concerned about it.
If you don't care about something, it doesn't matter to you.
If you care for people or animals, you look after them.
To take care of someone or something or take good care of them means to look after them.
Don't say that someone 'takes care about' someone else or 'takes a good care of' them.
If you take care of a task or situation, you deal with it.
You also use take care when you are telling someone to be careful about something.
Take care is another way of saying goodbye.
Past participle: cared
|Noun||1.||care - the work of providing treatment for or attending to someone or something; "no medical care was required"; "the old car needs constant attention"|
hair care, haircare, hairdressing - care for the hair: the activity of washing or cutting or curling or arranging the hair
work - activity directed toward making or doing something; "she checked several points needing further work"
maternalism - motherly care; behavior characteristic of a mother; the practice of acting as a mother does toward her children
baby sitting, babysitting - the work of a baby sitter; caring for children when their parents are not home
pet sitting - the work of a pet sitter; caring for pets in their own home while their owners are away from home
dental care - care for the teeth
first aid - emergency care given before regular medical aid can be obtained
treatment, intervention - care provided to improve a situation (especially medical procedures or applications that are intended to relieve illness or injury)
incubation - maintaining something at the most favorable temperature for its development
livery - the care (feeding and stabling) of horses for pay
manicure - professional care for the hands and fingernails
pedicure - professional care for the feet and toenails
nourishment - the act of nourishing; "her nourishment of the orphans saved many lives"
nursing - the work of caring for the sick or injured or infirm
nurturance - physical and emotional care and nourishment
personal care - care for someone who is disabled or is otherwise unable to care for themselves; can including bathing and cooking and managing bodily functions
tree surgery - treatment of damaged or decaying trees
|2.||care - judiciousness in avoiding harm or danger; "he exercised caution in opening the door"; "he handled the vase with care"|
judiciousness - good judgment
|3.||care - an anxious feeling; "care had aged him"; "they hushed it up out of fear of public reaction"|
anxiety - a vague unpleasant emotion that is experienced in anticipation of some (usually ill-defined) misfortune
|4.||care - a cause for feeling concern; "his major care was the illness of his wife"|
|5.||care - attention and management implying responsibility for safety; "he is in the care of a bodyguard"|
protection - the activity of protecting someone or something; "the witnesses demanded police protection"
due care, ordinary care, reasonable care - the care that a reasonable man would exercise under the circumstances; the standard for determining legal duty
foster care - supervised care for delinquent or neglected children usually in an institution or substitute home
great care - more attention and consideration than is normally bestowed by prudent persons; "the pilot exercised great care in landing"
providence - the guardianship and control exercised by a deity; "divine providence"
slight care - such care as a careless or inattentive person would exercise
|6.||care - activity involved in maintaining something in good working order; "he wrote the manual on car care"|
fixing, repair, mend, mending, reparation, fix, fixture - the act of putting something in working order again
camera care - keeping a camera in good working order
car care - keeping a car in good working order
inspection and repair, overhaul, service - periodic maintenance on a car or machine; "it was time for an overhaul on the tractor"
pump priming - introducing water into a pump to improve the seal and start the water flowing
scheduled maintenance - maintenance at a regularly scheduled time
steam fitting - care (installation and maintenance) of equipment for ventilating or heating or refrigerating
|Verb||1.||care - feel concern or interest; "I really care about my work"; "I don't care"|
|2.||care - provide care for; "The nurse was caring for the wounded"|
dry-nurse - take care of an infant without breastfeeding it
aid, assist, help - give help or assistance; be of service; "Everyone helped out during the earthquake"; "Can you help me carry this table?"; "She never helps around the house"
attend, take care, look, see - take charge of or deal with; "Could you see about lunch?"; "I must attend to this matter"; "She took care of this business"
nurse - serve as a nurse; care for sick or handicapped people
|3.||care - prefer or wish to do something; "Do you care to try this dish?"; "Would you like to come along to the movies?"|
please - be the will of or have the will (to); "he could do many things if he pleased"
|4.||care - be in charge of, act on, or dispose of; "I can deal with this crew of workers"; "This blender can't handle nuts"; "She managed her parents' affairs after they got too old"|
administer, administrate - work in an administrative capacity; supervise or be in charge of; "administer a program"; "she administers the funds"
organize, organise - cause to be structured or ordered or operating according to some principle or idea
work - cause to operate or function; "This pilot works the controls"; "Can you work an electric drill?"
come to grips, get to grips - deal with (a problem or a subject); "I still have not come to grips with the death of my parents"
dispose of - deal with or settle; "He disposed of these cases quickly"
coordinate - bring into common action, movement, or condition; "coordinate the painters, masons, and plumbers"; "coordinate his actions with that of his colleagues"; "coordinate our efforts"
juggle - deal with simultaneously; "She had to juggle her job and her children"
process - deal with in a routine way; "I'll handle that one"; "process a loan"; "process the applicants"
direct - be in charge of
control, command - exercise authoritative control or power over; "control the budget"; "Command the military forces"
carry on, conduct, deal - direct the course of; manage or control; "You cannot conduct business like this"
touch - deal with; usually used with a form of negation; "I wouldn't touch her with a ten-foot pole"; "The local Mafia won't touch gambling"
|5.||care - be concerned with; "I worry about my grades"|
mind - be concerned with or about something or somebody
caution abandon, neglect, indifference, negligence, carelessness, inattention, laxity, unconcern, laxness, heedlessness
"What is this life if, full of care,"
"We have no time to stand and stare?" [W.H. Davies Leisure]
he has many cares → hay muchas cosas que le preocupan
full of cares → lleno de inquietudes
he hasn't a care in the world → no le preocupa nada
have a care, sir! (o.f.) → ¡mire usted lo que está diciendo!
to take care → tener cuidado
take care! (as warning) → ¡cuidado!, ¡ten cuidado!; (as good wishes) → ¡cuídate!
to take care to + INFIN → cuidar de que + subjun, asegurarse de que + subjun
to take care not to + INFIN → guardarse de + infin
take care not to drop it! → ¡cuidado no lo vayas a dejar caer!, ¡procura no soltarlo!
"with care" → "¡atención!", "¡con cuidado!"; (on box) → "frágil"
convicted of driving without due care and attention → declarado culpable de conducir sin la debida precaución
to be in the care of → estar bajo la custodia de
he is in the care of Dr Wood → le asiste or atiende el doctor Wood
the parcel was left in my care → dejaron el paquete a mi cargo or cuidado
the child has been taken into care → pusieron al niño en un centro de protección de menores
Mr López care of (abbr c/o) Mr. Jones (on letter) → Sr. Jones, para (entregar al) Sr. López
to take care of (= take charge of) → encargarse de, ocuparse de; (= look after) → cuidar a
that takes care of that → con eso todo queda arreglado
that can take care of itself → eso se resolverá por sí mismo
I'll take care of him! → ¡yo me encargo de él!
she can take care of herself → sabe cuidar de sí misma
I'll take care of this (bill etc) → esto corre de mi cuenta
to take good care of o.s → cuidarse mucho
I don't care → no me importa, me da igual or lo mismo
I don't care either way → me da lo mismo
for all I care, you can go → por mí, te puedes ir
that's all he cares about → es lo único que le interesa
as if I cared! → ¿y a mí qué?
to care deeply about [+ person] → querer mucho a; [+ thing] → interesarse mucho por
who cares? → ¿qué me importa?, ¿y qué?
what do I care? → ¿a mí qué me importa?
I don't care twopence or a fig or a hoot! → ¡me importa un comino!
I couldn't care less what people say (Brit) → me importa un bledo lo que diga la gente
I couldn't care less; I could care less (US) → eso me trae sin cuidado
to care to I shouldn't care to meet him → no me gustaría conocerle
if you care to → si quieres
would you care to tell me? → ¿quieres decírmelo?
would you care to take a walk? → ¿te apetece dar un paseo?
would you care to come this way? → si no tiene inconveniente en pasar por aquí, por aquí si es tan amable or (LAm) si gusta
care label N (on garment) → etiqueta f de instrucciones de lavado
care order N (Brit) (Jur, Social Work) orden judicial para la puesta de un niño bajo tutela estatal
care worker N → asistente mf social, cuidador(a) m/f
well cared for → (bien) cuidado, bien atendido
I don't much care for him → no me resulta simpático
she no longer cares for him → ya no le quiere
I know he cares for you a lot → sé que te tiene mucho cariño
I don't care for coffee → no me gusta el café
I don't care for the idea → no me hace gracia la idea
would you care for a drink? → ¿te apetece una copa?
in sb's care [child] → à la garde de qn, confié(e) à qn
to take care of (= look after) [+ person, thing] → s'occuper de, prendre soin de
I take care of the children on Saturdays → Le samedi, je m'occupe des enfants. (= deal with) [+ details, arrangements, business, problem, task] → s'occuper de, se charger de
The child has been taken into care → La garde de l'enfant a été retirée aux parents.
to do sth with care → faire qch avec soin
"with care" (on package) → "fragile"
to take care (= be careful) → faire attention
take care! (= be careful) → attention!, fais attention! (= look after yourself) → prends bien soin de toi!
to take care to do sth → faire attention à faire qch
She doesn't care → Ça lui est égal.
I couldn't care less (British) I could care less (US) → cela m'est complètement égal, je m'en fiche complètement
for all I care → pour ce que cela me fait
who cares? → on s'en fiche!, on s'en moque!
to care about (= be interested in) → s'intéresser à (= to be concerned about) → se soucier de
They don't care about their image → Ils se soucient peu de leur image.
would you care for ... ? → voulez-vous ... ?
I wouldn't care to do it → je n'aimerais pas le faire
I don't care to remember → je préfère ne pas m'en souvenir
CAREabbr of Cooperative for American Relief Everywhere; CARE packet → Carepaket nt
? to take care (= be careful) → aufpassen, vorsichtig sein; take care when using weedkillers → beim Gebrauch von Unkrautbekämpfungsmitteln sollte man aufpassen or vorsichtig sein; take care he doesn’t cheat you → sehen Sie sich vor or nehmen Sie sich in Acht, dass er Sie nicht betrügt; bye-bye, take care → tschüs(s), machs gut
? to take care to do sth/not to do sth → sich bemühen or sich (dat) → Mühe geben, etw zu tun/etw nicht zu tun; I’ll take care not to upset him → ich werde mich bemühen or ich werde mir Mühe geben, ihn nicht zu verärgern
? to take care over or with sth/in doing sth → etw sorgfältig tun; you should take more care with or over the details → Sie sollten sich sorgfältiger mit den Einzelheiten befassen
? to take care of sb/sth (= see to) → sich um jdn/etw kümmern; of arrangements, affairs etc also → etw erledigen; that takes care of him/it → er/das wäre abgehakt (inf), → das wäre erledigt; let me take care of that → lassen Sie mich das mal machen, überlassen Sie das mir; that can take care of itself → das wird sich schon irgendwie geben; let the housework take care of itself for a while → nun lass doch mal eine Zeit lang die Hausarbeit (sein)
(= feel concern) I don’t care → das ist mir egal or gleichgültig; as if I cared → als ob mir das etwas ausmachen würde; for all I care → meinetwegen, von mir aus; who cares? → na und?, und wennschon?; he just doesn’t care → das ist ihm so egal; I didn’t know you cared (hum) → ich wusste gar nicht, dass ich dir was bedeute; the company that cares → die Firma mit Herz; I wish you’d care a bit more → ich wünschte, das wäre dir nicht alles egal or gleichgültig
? to care about sth → Wert auf etw (acc) → legen; we care about our image → wir legen Wert auf unser Image; a company that cares about its staff → eine Firma, die sich um ihr Personal kümmert or für ihr Personal sorgt; money is all he cares about → er interessiert sich nur fürs Geld, ihm liegt nur etwas am Geld; that’s all he cares about → alles andere ist ihm egal; he cares deeply about her/this → sie/das liegt ihm sehr am Herzen; he doesn’t care about her → sie ist ihm gleichgültig; I know you don’t care about me/such things → ich weiß, dass ich dir gleichgültig bin/dass dir so etwas gleichgültig or egal ist
? care for vi +prep obj
he hasn't a care in the world → non ha preoccupazioni di sorta
the cares of State → i problemi di Stato
"with care" → "fragile"
to take care to do sth → fare attenzione a or badare a fare qc
take care! (as warning) → (stai) attento! (as good wishes) → stammi bene!
to take care of (details, arrangements) → occuparsi di, curarsi di
to take care of sb (child) → badare a qn (sick person) → curare qn
I'll take care of him! (fam) → lo sistemo io!
she can take care of herself → sa badare a se stessa
take care not to drop it! → stai attento a non farlo cadere!
care of (on letter) → presso
I'll leave it/him in your care → te lo affido
the child has been taken into care → il bambino è stato affidato ad un ente assistenziale
I don't care → non m'importa, non me ne importa
I couldn't care less → non me ne importa un bel niente
to care deeply about → tenere molto a
for all I care → per quello che mi interessa
who cares? → chi se ne frega? (fam!)
I couldn't care less what people say → me ne infischio di quel che dice la gente
it's the most expensive model, but I don't care much for it → è il modello più costoso, ma non mi piace granché
I don't care for coffee → non amo particolarmente il caffè
would you care for a drink? → gradiresti qualcosa da bere?
she no longer cares for him → non le importa più niente di lui