Meaning of “care for sb” in the English Dictionary

"care for sb" in British English

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care for sb

phrasal verb with care uk /keər/ us /ker/ verb [ I ]


B1 to protect someone or something and provide the things they need, especially someone who is young, old, or ill:

The children are being cared for by a relative.
She can't go out to work because she has to stay at home to care for her elderly mother.
It's good to know that the dogs will be well cared for while we're away.

More examples

  • Most people would prefer to be cared for at home rather than in a hospital.
  • They cared for their disabled son for 27 years, at great personal sacrifice.
  • While some patients can be adequately cared for at home, others are best served by care in a hospital.
  • Caring for young children can be exhausting.
  • He spent many years caring for his senile mother.

(Definition of “care for sb” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)