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parts of speech:
noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb
take care of
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: concentrated focus or attention.
Wanting her application to be perfect, she filled it out with care.
attention, attentiveness, awareness, watchfulness
carelessness, neglect
similar words:
accuracy, caution, exactness, notice, pain, precision, prudence
definition 2: anxiety or worry.
Life was easy then, and he had few cares.
anxiety, concern, disquiet, disquietude, worry
similar words:
apprehension, bother, distress, misgiving, qualm, solicitude, trouble
definition 3: precaution, as against harm or loss.
The bomb squad worked with extreme care to dismantle the explosives.
heed, precaution
similar words:
caution, foresight, notice, prudence, vigil, vigilance, wariness
definition 4: maintenance or management in order that something remains in good condition.
Care of a pet includes giving it food, water, and a place to sleep.There are many products for the care of the hair.
definition 5: supervision, medical attention, or protection.
The hospital gave him good care.
attention, charge, ministration, supervision
abuse, disregard, neglect
similar words:
control, custody, management, protection, responsibility, trust
definition 6: the object of concerned attention.
Of all her cares, her son's drinking worries her the most.
anxiety, concern, lookout, obligation, responsibility, trouble, worry
similar words:
affliction, annoyance, burden, charge, cross, cumbrance, dependent, duty, encumbrance, impediment, vexation, ward
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phrase: take care of
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: cares, caring, cared
definition 1: to be concerned.
He didn't care about what other people thought of him.She doesn't care whether she gets the job or not.[verb + WH/whether/if + clause ]
fret, worry
similar words:
bother, give a damn, mind, minister
definition 2: to like or feel affection (usu. fol. by "for").
I like beans, but I don't care for peas.I really do care for you, but I'm just not ready for marriage.
similar words:
crave, hanker, long, love, want
definition 3: to provide support, maintenance, or protection (usu. fol. by "for").
She hoped her son would care for her when she became old.
attend, minister, supervise
similar words:
oversee, protect
definition 4: to have a desire (used in questions and negative statements and followed by an infinitive).
Do you think he would care to go with us?[verb + infinitive ] Thank you, but I don't really care to dance just now.[verb + infinitive ]
desire, wish
similar words:
like, want
part of speech: transitive verb
definition: to feel concern or anxiety in connection with.
Don't you care that people are getting killed over there?[verb + (that) + clause ] She cares very much what people think of her.
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derivation: caring (adj.)
Word History
Care comes from an Old English word that means "grief," "sorrow," or "anxiety." Since the 1700s, it has lost intensity and is much more likely to mean concerned attention.
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  • careful:
    with care.
  • careless:
    without care.
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