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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Care
  1. 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.]
  2. 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.]
  3. Attention or heed; caution; regard; heedfulness; watchfulness; as, take care; have a care ."I thank thee for thy care and honest pains." [Shak.]
  4. 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

verb Care
To be anxious or solicitous; to be concerned; to have regard or interest; -- sometimes followed by an objective of measure.

Etymology: AS. cearian. See Care (n.)

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Activity involved in maintaining something in good working order ("he wrote the manual on car care")
  2. The work of providing treatment for or attending to someone or something ("no medical care was required")
  3. Attention and management implying responsibility for safety ("he is in the care of a bodyguard")
  4. Judiciousness in avoiding harm or danger ("he handled the vase with care")
  5. A cause for feeling concern ("his major care was the illness of his wife")
  6. An anxious feeling ("care had aged him")
  7. Be concerned with
  8. Feel concern or interest ("I really care about my work" and "I don't care")
  9. Prefer or wish to do something ("Do you care to try this dish?")
  10. Be in charge of, act on, or dispose of
  11. Provide care for

From Middle English care, from Old English caru, ċearu (“care, concern, anxiety, sorrow, grief, trouble”), from Proto-Germanic *karō (“care, sorrow, cry”), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵeh₂r- (“shout, call”). Cognate with Old Saxon cara, kara (“concern, action”), Middle High German kar (“sorrow, lamentation”), Icelandic kör (“sickbed”), Gothic 𐌺𐌰𐍂𐌰 (kara, “concern, care”). Related also to Dutch karig (“scanty”), German karg (“sparse, meagre, barren”), Latin garriō, Ancient Greek γῆρυς (gêrus). See chary.

  1. (obsolete) Grief, sorrow.
  2. Close attention; concern; responsibility.
    should be taken when holding babies.
  3. Worry.
    I don't have a in the world.
  4. Maintenance, upkeep.
  5. The treatment of those in need (especially as a profession).
  6. The state of being cared for by others.
  7. The object of watchful attention or anxiety.

From Middle English caren, carien, from Old English carian (“to sorrow, grieve, be troubled, be anxious, to care for, heed”), from Proto-Germanic *karōną (“to care”), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵār-, *gÀr- (“voice, exclamation”). Cognate with Middle High German karn (“to complain, lament, grieve, mourn”), Alemannic German karen, kären (“to groan, wheeze, give a death rattle”), Swedish kära (“to fall in love”), Icelandic kæra (“to care, like”), Gothic 𐌺𐌰𐍂𐍉𐌽 (karōn, “to be concerned”).

    care was also found in the following language(s): French, Italian, Latin, Romanian, and Venetian

    Notable Persons Named Care

    Care was born on April 8th, 1970.


    Care Johnson is an entrepreneur, portrait photographer, entrepreneurship, portrait photography, and entrepreneurandportrait photographer. Care was born Care Johnson on August 17th, 1993 in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, England.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Care

    Danny Care is a rugby player for the Harlequin F.C.His career lasted from 2003 to 2006. Danny was born on January 2nd, 1987 in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England.


    Peter was born on April 28th, 1953.


    Michèle Arnaud was a chanson singing and record producer. Her career lasted from 1952 to 1978. Michèle was given the name Micheline Caré on March 18th, 1919 in Toulon. She left this life on March 30th, 1998.


    Henry was born in 1646. He left this life in 1688.


    Terry was born on January 12th, 1947 in Oklahoma City.


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    Popularity of Care as a last name

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Care U.S.
      White 90.36% 64.26%
      African American 2.89% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.93% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 3.17% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Care

    People with the last name Care are most frequently White

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    Fun Facts about the name Care

    • How Popular is the name Care? Care is the 83,711th most popular name of all time. As a last name Care was the 31,790th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Care have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 5 babies born with the first name Care in the United States.
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Care? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1927 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
    • When was Care first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Care is Thursday, December 26th, 1889.
    • What year had the most people named Care born? The highest recorded use of the first name Care was in 1927 with a total of 5 babies.
    • Weird things about the name Care: Your name in reverse order is Erac. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Reac. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Care? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 726 people with the last name Care.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Care? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Care as their last name since less than 1 person in 400k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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