Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English


English definition of “care”


verb [I] (WANT)    /keər/ US  /ker/ formal
used in polite offers and suggestions: Would you care for a drink? [+ to infinitive] Would you care to join us for dinner?Wanting thingsHoping and hopefulness
(Definition of care verb (WANT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of care

Definitions of “care” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

limber up

to do gentle exercises to stretch the muscles in order to prepare the body for more active physical exercise

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More