- A burdensome sense of responsibility; trouble caused by onerous duties; anxiety; concern; solicitude." Care keeps his watch in every old man's eye, And where care lodges, sleep will never lie." [Shak.]
- Charge, oversight, or management, implying responsibility for safety and prosperity."The care of all the churches." [2 Cor. xi. 28.]"Him thy care must be to find." [Milton.]"Perplexed with a thousand cares." [Shak.]
- Attention or heed; caution; regard; heedfulness; watchfulness; as, take care; have a care ."I thank thee for thy care and honest pains." [Shak.]
- The object of watchful attention or anxiety."Right sorrowfully mourning her bereaved cares." [Spenser.]synonyms: Anxiety; solicitude; concern; caution; regard; management; direction; oversight.Care Anxiety Solicitude Concern. These words express mental pain in different degress. Care belongs primarily to the intellect, and becomes painful from overburdened thought. Anxiety denotes a state of distressing uneasiness fron the dread of evil. Solicitude expresses the same feeling in a diminished degree. Concern is opposed to indifference, and implies exercise of anxious thought more or less intense. We are careful about the means, solicitous and anxious about the end; we are solicitous to obtain a good, anxious to avoid an evil.
Etymology: AS. caru cearu; akin to OS. kara sorrow, Goth. kara, OHG chara, lament, and perh. to Gr. gh^rys voice. Not akin to cure. Cf. Chary