Definition of care verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    care

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//keə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ker//
     
    (not used in the progressive tenses)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they care
    BrE BrE//keə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ker//
     
    he / she / it cares
    BrE BrE//keəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kerz//
     
    past simple cared
    BrE BrE//keəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kerd//
     
    past participle cared
    BrE BrE//keəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kerd//
     
    he / she / it caring
    BrE BrE//ˈkeərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkerɪŋ//
     
    Romance, Love
     
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  1. 1  [intransitive, transitive] to feel that something is important and worth worrying about I don't care (= I will not be upset) if I never see him again! He threatened to fire me, as if I cared! care about something She cares deeply about environmental issues. care what/whether, etc. I don't care what he thinks. care that… She doesn't seem to care that he's been married four times before.
  2. 2  [intransitive] care (about somebody) to like or love somebody and worry about what happens to them He genuinely cares about his employees. They care an awful lot about each other. See related entries: Romance, Love
  3. 3[transitive] care to do something to make the effort to do something I've done this job more times than I care to remember.
  4. Word Familycare noun verbcareful adjective (careless)carefully adverb (carelessly)caring adjective (uncaring) Word Origin Old English caru (noun), carian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Old High German chara ‘grief, lament’, charon ‘grieve’, and Old Norse kǫr ‘sickbed’.Extra examples He hardly cares what he does any more. He really cares about the environment. I don’t know which she chose, nor do I greatly care. I’m past caring what he does. No one actually cared what I thought. The information is there for anyone who cares enough to find it. You genuinely care for him, don’t you? He genuinely cares about his customers. He threatened to leave me, as if I cared! I don’t care what he thinks! I don’t care if I never see him again! She cares passionately about environmental issues. She doesn’t seem to care that he’s been married four times before.Idioms (informal) used to say, often rudely, that you do not think that somebody/something is important or worth worrying about Quite honestly, I couldn't care less what they do.
    for all you, I, they, etc. care
     
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    (informal) used to say that a person is not worried about or interested in what happens to somebody/something I could be dead for all he cares!
    not care/give a damn (about somebody/something)
     
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    (informal) to not care at all about somebody/something
    not care/give a fig (for somebody/something)
     
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    (old-fashioned, British English, informal) not to care at all about something; to think that something is not important
    not care/give a hoot, not care/give two hoots
     
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    (informal) not to care at all I don’t care two hoots about having money, as long as I’m happy.
    not care/give tuppence for somebody/something
     
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    to think that somebody/something is not important or that they have no value
    who cares?, what do I, you, etc. care?
     
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    (informal) used to say, often rudely, that you do not think that something is important or interesting Who cares what she thinks?
    Would you care for something?, Would you care to do something?
     
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    (formal) used to ask somebody politely if they would like something or would like to do something, or if they would be willing to do something Would you care for another drink? If you'd care to follow me, I'll show you where his office is. More Aboutoffers and invitations Would you like…? is the most usual polite question form for offers and invitations, especially in British English:Would you like a cup of coffee? Do you want…? is less formal and more direct. It is more common in North American English than in British English:We’re going to a club tonight. Do you want to come with us? Would you care…? is very formal and now sounds old-fashioned.
    Phrasal Verbscare for somebodynot care for somebody
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: care