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care

2 verb
     
care2 S1 W3 [intransitive and transitive]
1 to think that something is important, so that you are interested in it, worried about it etc
care about
The only thing he seems to care about is money.
care what/how/whether etc
She didn't care what her father thought.
'He looked angry.' ' I don't care!'
2 to be concerned about what happens to someone, because you like or love them [↪ caring]
care about
I care about him and hate to see him hurt like this.
She felt that nobody cared.
3

who cares?

spoken used to say that something does not worry or upset you because it is not important:
It's rather old and scruffy, but who cares?
4

see if I care!

spoken used when you are angry or upset, to say that you do not care about what someone will do:
Go with William, then - see if I care!
5

somebody couldn't care less

spoken used to say that someone does not care at all about something:
I really couldn't care less what you think!
6

what does somebody care?

spoken used to say that someone does not care at all about something:
What do I care? It's your responsibility now!
7

as if I cared!

spoken used to say that something is not important to you at all:
As if I cared whether he comes with us or not!
8

for all somebody cares

spoken used when you are angry that someone does not seem concerned about someone or something:
We could be starving for all they care!
9

not care to do something

old-fashioned to not like doing something:
She doesn't care to spend much time with her relatives.
I wouldn't care to meet him in a dark alley!
I've experienced more reorganizations than I care to remember (=a lot of them).
10

any ... you care to name/mention

any thing of a particular kind:
Virtually any piece of equipment you care to name can be hired these days.
11

would you care to do something?

spoken formal used to ask someone politely whether they want to do something:
Would you care to join us for dinner?

care for somebody/something

phrasal verb
1 to look after someone who is not able to look after themselves [= take care of]:
He thanked the nurses who had cared for him.
The children are well cared for.
2 to do things that keep something in good condition:
Instructions on caring for your new sofa are included.
3

would you care for something?

spoken formal used to ask someone politely if they would like something:
Would you care for another drink?
4

not care for somebody/something

formal to not like someone or something:
I don't much care for his parents.

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