care1 S2 W2
the process of looking after someone, especially because they are ill, old, or very young:
looking after somebody[uncountable]
high standards of medical care
They shared the care of the children.
Care facilities for the elderly are inadequate.
in somebody's care (=being looked after by someone)
The children had been left in the care of a babysitter.
be under somebody's care (=be officially looked after or treated by someone)➔ day care, health care, intensive care
Mentally ill patients will be under the care of a psychiatrist.
; ➔ tender loving careat tender1 (5)
to look after someone or something:
Who's taking care of the dog while you're away?
take care of yourself
The children are old enough to take care of themselves.
to deal with all the necessary work, arrangements etc:
Her secretary always took care of the details.
Don't worry about your accommodation - it's all taken care of.
to pay for something - used when you want to avoid saying this directly:
We'll take care of the fees.
used when saying goodbye to family and friends:
Take care! See you next week!
the process of doing things to keep something in good condition and working correctly:
keeping something in good condition[uncountable]
With proper care, the washing machine should last for years.
advice on skin care
when you are careful to avoid damage, mistakes etc:
The note on the box said 'Fragile - handle with care '.
The picture had been drawn with great care.
to spend a lot of time and effort making sure that something is perfect:
Paul always takes great care over his appearance.
7 British English
a child who is in care is being looked after by the government, not by their parents:
When he was sent to prison, the children were taken into care.
something that causes problems and makes you anxious or sad:
problem/worry[uncountable and countable] literary
At last I felt free from my cares.
Alex looked as though he didn't have a care in the world (=had no problems or worries).
a man with the cares of the world on his shoulders (=with a lot of problems or worries)
9 British English in care of somebody American EnglishTCM
used when sending letters to someone at someone else's address [= c/o]:
Send me the letter care of my uncle.
10 British English spoken old-fashioned
used to tell someone to be more careful