Hypertext Webster Gateway: "care"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Care \Care\ (k[^a]r), n. [AS. caru, cearu; akin to OS. kara
sorrow, Goth. kara, OHG chara, lament, and perh. to Gr.
gh^rys voice. Not akin to cure. Cf. {Chary}.]
1. A burdensome sense of responsibility; trouble caused by
onerous duties; anxiety; concern; solicitude.

Care keeps his watch in every old man's eye, And
where care lodges, sleep will never lie. --Shak.

2. Charge, oversight, or management, implying responsibility
for safety and prosperity.

The care of all the churches. --2 Cor. xi.

Him thy care must be to find. --Milton.

Perplexed with a thousand cares. --Shak.

3. Attention or heed; caution; regard; heedfulness;
watchfulness; as, take care; have a care.

I thank thee for thy care and honest pains. --Shak.

4. The object of watchful attention or anxiety.

Right sorrowfully mourning her bereaved cares.

Syn: Anxiety; solicitude; concern; caution; regard;
management; direction; oversight. -- {Care}, {Anxiety},
{Solicitude}, {Concern}. These words express mental pain
in different degress. Care belongs primarily to the
intellect, and becomes painful from overburdened
thought. Anxiety denotes a state of distressing
uneasiness fron the dread of evil. Solicitude expresses
the same feeling in a diminished degree. Concern is
opposed to indifference, and implies exercise of anxious
thought more or less intense. We are careful about the
means, solicitous and anxious about the end; we are
solicitous to obtain a good, anxious to avoid an evil.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Care \Care\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Cared}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Caring}.] [AS. cearian. See {Care}, n.]
To be anxious or solicitous; to be concerned; to have regard
or interest; -- sometimes followed by an objective of

I would not care a pin, if the other three were in.

Master, carest thou not that we perish? --Mark. iv.

{To care for}.
(a) To have under watchful attention; to take care of.
(b) To have regard or affection for; to like or love.

He cared not for the affection of the house.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: the work of caring for or attending to someone or something;
"no medical care was required"; "the old car needed
constant attention" [syn: {attention}, {aid}, {tending}]
2: judiciousness in avoiding harm or danger; "he exercised
caution in opening the door"; "he handled the vase with
care" [syn: {caution}, {precaution}, {forethought}]
3: an anxious feeling; "care had aged him"; "they hushed it up
out of fear of public reaction" [syn: {concern}, {fear}]
4: a cause for feeling concern; "his major care was the illness
of his wife"
5: attention and management implying responsibility for safety;
"he is under the care of a physician" [syn: {charge}, {tutelage},
6: activity involved in maintaining something in good working
order; "he wrote the manual on car care" [syn: {maintenance},
v 1: feel concern or interest; "I really care about my work"; "I
don't care"
2: provide care for; "The nurse was caring for the wounded"
[syn: {give care}]
3: prefer or wish to do something; "Do you care to try this
dish?" "Would you like to come along to the movies?" [syn:
{wish}, {like}]
4: be in charge of, act on, or dispose of; "I can deal with
this crew of workers"; "This blender can't handle nuts";
"She managed her parents' affairs after they got too old"
[syn: {manage}, {deal}, {handle}]
5: be concerned with; "I worry about my grades" [syn: {worry}]

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