Meaning of “care” - Learner’s Dictionary


noun uk us /keər/

B2 the activity of looking after something or someone, especially someone who is young, old, or sick:

skin/hair care

B1 If you do something with care, you give a lot of attention to it so that you do not make a mistake or damage anything:

She planned the trip with great care.
Fragile - please handle with care.
take care

to give a lot of attention to what you are doing so that you do not have an accident or make a mistake:

The roads are very icy so take care when you drive home.
Take care! informal

A2 used when saying goodbye to someone:

See you soon, Bob - take care!

a feeling of worry:

He was sixteen years old and didn't have a care in the world (= had no worries).
in care UK

Children who are in care are looked after by government organizations because their parents cannot look after them:

She was put/taken into care at the age of twelve.
take care of sb/sth

B1 to look after someone or something:

My parents are going to take care of the house while we're away.
take care of sth/doing sth

to be responsible for dealing with something:

I sorted out the drink for the party while Guy took care of the food.
→ See also intensive care

(Definition of “care noun” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)