care · noun /keər/Full view
Nouns: care, carer
Adjectives: careful, careless, caring, uncaring
Verbs: care
Adverbs: carefully, carelessly
Take care!
A2 used when saying goodbye to someone
Dictionary example:

See you soon, Bob - take care!

Learner example:

Take care and see you soon. (Key English Test; A2; Hungarian)

take care of sb/sth
B1 to look after someone or something
Dictionary examples:

Take good care of your sister, Patrick.

Don't worry about me, I can take care of myself.

My parents will take care of the house while we're away.

Learner example:

My dad had to go to Canada for a meeting, so he asked me to take care of her. (Preliminary English Test; B1; Spanish)

care (ATTENTION)
B1 U when you give a lot of attention to something so that you do not make a mistake or damage anything
Dictionary examples:

The roads are icy, so drive with care.

Take care that you don't fall.

You need to take a bit more care with your spelling.

The parcel had a label on it saying 'Handle with care'.

Learner example:

I will return your bicycle tomorrow or the day after and I promise that I will handle it with care. (Preliminary English Test; B1; Tamil)

care (PROTECTION)
B2 U the process of protecting and looking after someone or something
Dictionary examples:

The standard of care at our local hospital is excellent.

Nurseries are responsible for the children in their care.

Learner example:

In zoos, there are many people who look after them, of course, and so many people think that this care is enough. (First Certificate in English; B2; Catalan)

care (WORRY)
C2 C a feeling of worry
Dictionary example:

He was sixteen years old and didn't have a care in the world.

Learner example:

The world is your oyster and you do not have a care in the world. (Certificate of Proficiency in English; C2; Greek)

take care of sth/doing sth
C1 to be responsible for dealing with something
Dictionary example:

I did the cooking while Guy took care of the washing up.

Learner example:

As for special requirements, one man and one woman are vegetarians and the woman is allergic to cats. I hope you are able to take care of that. (Certificate in Advanced English; C1; Danish)

care · verb /keər/
Nouns: care, carer
Adjectives: careful, careless, caring, uncaring
Verbs: care
Adverbs: carefully, carelessly
care (WORRY)
B1 I or T to think that something is important and to feel interested in it or worried about it
Dictionary examples:

She's never cared very much about her appearance.

I really don't care whether we go out or not.

I don't care how much it costs, just buy it.

Learner example:

He gave us some paperwork and didn't care if we understood what to do. (Preliminary English Test; B1; )

care (LOVE)
B1 I to love someone
Dictionary examples:

Your parents are only doing this because they care about you.

I knew that Amy still cared for me.

Learner example:

He never cared about you. (Preliminary English Test; B1; Turkish)

Who cares?
B2 used to emphasize that you do not think something is important
Dictionary example:

"Chelsea should have reached the final!" "Who cares?"

Learner example:

"Who cares?" he answered. (First Certificate in English; B2; Greek)

I/he, etc. couldn't care less
C1 used to emphasize that someone is not interested in or worried about something or someone
Dictionary example:

I couldn't care less what people think.

Learner example:

There was hunger, there was poverty and the king couldn't care less about his people['s] well-being. (Certificate in Advanced English; C1; Portuguese)

care for sb/sth
B2 to look after someone or something, especially someone who is young, old or ill
Dictionary examples:

The children are being cared for by a relative.

She has to stay at home to care for her elderly mother.

Learner example:

To care for a pet takes a lot of responsibility, money, space and, most of all, time! (First Certificate in English; B2; German)

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