1 anxiety, worry, trouble, anguish, disquiet, distress, grief, sorrow, dolour, sadness, suffering, misery, woe, tribulation:
His haggard look reflected a life of care.
2 concern, regard, vigilance, mindfulness, heed, solicitude; heedfulness, attention, pains, carefulness, meticulousness, punctiliousness; caution, circumspection:
The essence of public-spiritedness is care for the common good. He looks after his moustache and beard with great care. Open with care.
3 responsibility, charge, protection, guardianship, custody, keeping, safe keeping; control, direction, supervision:
The child has been released into our care.
4 take care of. look after, attend to, be responsible for, take charge of, take responsibility for; tend, nurse:
You should take care of your money. Does she have enough experience to take care of someone who is ill?
5 be concerned, trouble oneself, feel interest, worry, fret, trouble, Brit mind:
Do you care whether Arnold gets the job he wants? I don't care who you are, you can't come in here!
6 care for.
(a) look after, tend, attend (to), watch over, protect, take care of, provide for; nurse:
He cared for his ailing parents for about twenty years.
(b) like, fancy, be attracted to, be fond of, love, be keen on, be enamoured of:
Jennifer admitted last night how much she cares for David.