Meaning of “care” - Learner’s Dictionary


noun us uk /keər/

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

skin/hair care

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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.

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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.
The water gets deep very suddenly so take care.
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)