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care

noun  /keər/ us  

care noun (HELP)

[U] the process of providing for the needs of someone or something: The quality of care at this hospital is very good. Trees on city property don’t get any care.

care noun (ATTENTION)

[U] serious attention, esp. to the details of a situation or a piece of work: She painted the window frames with great care.

care

verb  /ker, kær/ us  

care verb (WORRY)

to be interested in something, or to be anxious or upset about something: [I] Don’t you care about what happens to the children? [I] I really don’t care if we go or not (= It doesn’t matter to me). [+ question word] I don’t care how much it costs, just buy it.

care verb (WANT)

[I] fml (used in polite offers and suggestions) to want something: [+ to infinitive] Would you care to join us for dinner?
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