[keə] noun I
1) [U] the effort that you make when you avoid making mistakes or causing harm
The label on the box said ‘Handle with care'.[/ex]
He was choosing his words with great care.[/ex]
2) [U] the activity of looking after someone who needs help or protection
specialist medical care[/ex]
I left him in your care – you should have watched him![/ex]
3) [U] the activity of keeping something in good condition
skin care[/ex]
advice on the proper care of your new car[/ex]
4) [U] in the UK, the system in which local government looks after some children, for example because their parents are dead
Her two children were taken into care.[/ex]
5) [C] something that makes you feel worried
She acted like she didn't have a care in the world (= was not worried about anything).[/ex]
take care — 1) to be careful[/ex]
Take care on those steps![/ex]
+(that) Take care that you don't fall.[/ex]
take care (not) to do sth Please take care not to tread on the cables.[/ex]

— 2) spokenused for saying goodbye to someone in a friendly way

Bye now! Take care![/ex]
take care of — 1) to do the necessary things for someone who needs help or protection[/ex]
Who will take care of the children?[/ex]

— 2) to treat something carefully so that it stays in good condition

All the neighbours take very good care of their gardens.[/ex]

— 3) to deal with a person or situation

Can you take care of this customer, please?[/ex]
verb [I/T]
care */*/*/[keə]
to be interested in someone or something and think that they are important
Her son didn't care enough to come and visit her.[/ex]
I don't think she cares about him at all.[/ex]
Of course I care what happens to the school![/ex]
They cared deeply about the environment.[/ex]
sb couldn't care less — used for emphasizing that someone thinks that something is unimportant[/ex]
I couldn't care less how you do it - just do it.[/ex]
not care for — to not like someone or something[/ex]
I don't really care for chocolate.[/ex]
who cares?spoken used for saying that you do not think that something is important and that you are not worried about it[/ex]
Who cares whether he lied or not?[/ex]
would you care for sthspoken formal used for asking someone politely whether they would like something[/ex]
Would you care for a coffee?[/ex]
would you care to do sthspoken formal used for asking someone politely whether they would like to do something[/ex]
Would you care to sit down?[/ex]
- care for sb
- care for sth
Word family: care Words in the same family as carecareful adjcarefully advcaring adjuncaring adjcareless adjcarer n

Dictionary for writing and speaking English. 2014.

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