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CARE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does care mean? 

CARE (noun)
  The noun CARE has 6 senses:

1. the work of providing treatment for or attending to someone or something
2. judiciousness in avoiding harm or danger
3. an anxious feeling
4. a cause for feeling concern
5. attention and management implying responsibility for safety
6. activity involved in maintaining something in good working order

  Familiarity information: CARE used as a noun is common.


CARE (verb)
  The verb CARE has 5 senses:

1. feel concern or interest
2. provide care for
3. prefer or wish to do something
4. be in charge of, act on, or dispose of
5. be concerned with

  Familiarity information: CARE used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


CARE (noun)


Sense 1care [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The work of providing treatment for or attending to someone or something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

care; tending; attention; aid

Context examples:

no medical care was required / the old car needs constant attention

Hypernyms ("care" is a kind of...):

work (activity directed toward making or doing something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "care"):

nourishment (the act of nourishing)

nursing (the work of caring for the sick or injured or infirm)

tender loving care; TLC (considerate and solicitous care)

nurturance (physical and emotional care and nourishment)

personal care (care for someone who is disabled or is otherwise unable to care for themselves; can including bathing and cooking and managing bodily functions)

skin care; skincare (care for the skin)

faith cure; faith healing (care provided through prayer and faith in God)

tree surgery (treatment of damaged or decaying trees)

health care; healthcare (the preservation of mental and physical health by preventing or treating illness through services offered by the health profession)

pedicure (professional care for the feet and toenails)

manicure (professional care for the hands and fingernails)

hair care; haircare; hairdressing (care for the hair: the activity of washing or cutting or curling or arranging the hair)

maternalism (motherly care; behavior characteristic of a mother; the practice of acting as a mother does toward her children)

baby sitting; babysitting (the work of a baby sitter; caring for children when their parents are not home)

pet sitting (the work of a pet sitter; caring for pets in their own home while their owners are away from home)

dental care (care for the teeth)

first aid (emergency care given before regular medical aid can be obtained)

treatment (care by procedures or applications that are intended to relieve illness or injury)

incubation (maintaining something at the most favorable temperature for its development)

livery (the care (feeding and stabling) of horses for pay)


Sense 2care [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Judiciousness in avoiding harm or danger

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

care; forethought; caution; precaution

Context examples:

he exercised caution in opening the door / he handled the vase with care

Hypernyms ("care" is a kind of...):

judiciousness (good judgment)


Sense 3care [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An anxious feeling

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions

Synonyms:

concern; fear; care

Context examples:

care had aged him / they hushed it up out of fear of public reaction

Hypernyms ("care" is a kind of...):

anxiety (a vague unpleasant emotion that is experienced in anticipation of some (usually ill-defined) misfortune)


Sense 4care [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A cause for feeling concern

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions

Context example:

his major care was the illness of his wife

Hypernyms ("care" is a kind of...):

plight; predicament; quandary (a situation from which extrication is difficult especially an unpleasant or trying one)


Sense 5care [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Attention and management implying responsibility for safety

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

guardianship; tutelage; care; charge

Context example:

he is in the care of a bodyguard

Hypernyms ("care" is a kind of...):

protection (the activity of protecting someone or something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "care"):

slight care (such care as a careless or inattentive person would exercise)

providence (the guardianship and control exercised by a deity)

great care (more attention and consideration than is normally bestowed by prudent persons)

foster care (supervised care for delinquent or neglected children usually in an institution or substitute home)

due care; ordinary care; reasonable care (the care that a reasonable man would exercise under the circumstances; the standard for determining legal duty)


Sense 6care [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Activity involved in maintaining something in good working order

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

maintenance; upkeep; care

Context example:

he wrote the manual on car care

Hypernyms ("care" is a kind of...):

fix; fixing; fixture; mend; mending; repair; reparation (the act of putting something in working order again)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "care"):

camera care (keeping a camera in good working order)

steam fitting (care (installation and maintenance) of equipment for ventilating or heating or refrigerating)

scheduled maintenance (maintenance at a regularly scheduled time)

pump priming (introducing water into a pump to improve the seal and start the water flowing)

inspection and repair; overhaul; service (periodic maintenance on a car or machine)

car care (keeping a car in good working order)


CARE (verb)


Sense 1care [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Feel concern or interest

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Context examples:

I really care about my work / I don't care

Hypernyms (to "care" is one way to...):

compassionate; condole with; feel for; pity; sympathize with (share the suffering of)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP

Sentence example:

Sam and Sue care

Also:

care (provide care for)

care for (be fond of; be attached to)


Sense 2care [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Provide care for

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

give care; care

Context example:

The nurse was caring for the wounded

Hypernyms (to "care" is one way to...):

aid; assist; help (give help or assistance; be of service)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "care"):

dry-nurse (take care of an infant without breastfeeding it)

attend; look; see; take care (take charge of or deal with)

fuss; mother; overprotect (care for like a mother)

nurse (serve as a nurse; care for sick or handicapped people)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s PP


Sense 3care [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Prefer or wish to do something

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

like; wish; care

Context examples:

Do you care to try this dish? / Would you like to come along to the movies?

Hypernyms (to "care" is one way to...):

desire; want (feel or have a desire for; want strongly)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "care"):

please (be the will of or have the will (to))

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE

Sentence example:

They care to move


Sense 4care [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be in charge of, act on, or dispose of

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

handle; manage; care; deal

Context examples:

I can deal with this crew of workers / This blender can't handle nuts / She managed her parents' affairs after they got too old

Hypernyms (to "care" is one way to...):

command; control (exercise authoritative control or power over)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "care"):

process (deal with in a routine way)

misconduct; mishandle; mismanage (manage badly or incompetently)

direct (be in charge of)

carry on; conduct; deal (direct the course of; manage or control)

touch (deal with; usually used with a form of negation)

juggle (deal with simultaneously)

coordinate (bring into common action, movement, or condition)

mind; take care (be in charge of or deal with)

administer; administrate (work in an administrative capacity; supervise)

organise; organize (cause to be structured or ordered or operating according to some principle or idea)

work (cause to operate or function)

come to grips; get to grips (deal with (a problem or a subject))

dispose of (deal with or settle)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s something
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 5care [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be concerned with

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

worry; care

Context example:

I worry about my grades

Hypernyms (to "care" is one way to...):

mind (be concerned with or about something or somebody)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "care"):

brood; dwell (think moodily or anxiously about something)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s PP


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