(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. i. like, have affection (for). See care, pity, feeling.
1. (concern) care, concern, consideration, solicitude, anxiety, heed, heedfulness; conscientiousness, watchfulness, vigilance, surveillance, eyes of Argus; watch, vigil, lookout, weather eye, watch and ward; child-care, healthcare, etc. See safety.
2. alertness, attention, charge; precaution, prudence, circumspection, caution.
3. (care for order) tidiness, orderliness, cleanliness; accuracy, exactness, minuteness, attention to detail, meticulousness, rigor.
1. care [about], heed, consider, pay heed to, be concerned, pay attentionto.
2. be careful, take care, have a care, deliberate, take pains, be cautious, take precautions; pay attention to, take care of, look or see to, look or see after, keep an eye on; double-check; keep in sight or view, mind; mind one's business; keep tabs on.
3. (be attentive) have all one's wits about one; watch for, expect (See expectation); mind one's Ps and Qs, weigh one's words, put one's best foot forward, speak by the card, pick one's steps.
4. (pay attention) observe, heed; do one's duty; make good, keep one's word or promise.
5. (be careful) keep watch, be on one's guard, be on the lookout, keep one's eyes open, be vigilant; stop, look, and listen (See caution). Informal, keep one's eyes peeled.
6. care for, nurture, tend, look after, take care of. See safety.
1. (showing care) careful, regardful, heedful; particular, painstaking, prudent, cautious, discreet; considerate, thoughtful, solicitous; deliberative, provident, prepared.
2. (showing attention to detail) accurate, exact, deliberate, studied; fastidious, dainty, meticulous, conscientious. Slang, goosey.
Adverbs — carefully, meticulously, etc.; with care, gingerly; in detail, with attention to detail.
Phrases — care killed the cat; if you can't be good, be careful.
Quotations — One cannot weep for the entire world (Jean Anouilh), Thus conscience doth make cowards of us all (Shakespeare), Wisely and slow. They stumble that run fast (Shakespeare), Teach us to care and not to care (George Eliot), Sleep that knits up the ravelled sleeve of care (Shakespeare), Care and diligence bring luck (Thomas Fuller).
Antonyms, See neglect.
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [Careful conduct]
Syn. heed, concern, caution, close attention, consideration, regard, thoughtfulness, forethought, heedfulness, precaution, wariness, vigilance, watchfulness, watching, attending, solicitude, diligence, meticulousness, fastidiousness, nicety, pains, application, conscientiousness, thought, discrimination, carefulness, scrupulousness, exactness, particularity, prudence, circumspection, oversight, watch, concentration; see also attention 2 , prudence .
Ant. carelessness*, neglect, negligence.
2. [A troubled state of mind]
Syn. concern, worry, solicitude, anxiety, interest, chagrin, distress, bother, perplexity, trouble, disturbance, unhappiness, sorrow, grief, aggravation, fretfulness, stress, tribulation, responsibility, strain, pressure, vexation, perturbation, fear, oppression, uneasiness, exasperation, annoyance, misgiving, anguish, foreboding, apprehension, discomposure, pins and needles*, stew*, sweat*, fret*.
Ant. calm, peace, indifference*.
3. [Custody]
Syn. supervision, guardianship, keeping, charge; see administration 1 , custody 1 .
4. [A cause of worry or concern]
Syn. problem, concern, trial, trouble, worry, bother, tribulation, responsibility, strain, load, onus, burden, encumbrance, nuisance, charge, incubus, hindrance, handicap, impediment; see also sense 2, affliction , difficulty 2 , misfortune 1 , 2 , trouble 2 .
take care or [m1]have a care ,
Syn. be careful, be cautious, beware, heed; see mind 3 , watch out .
take care of,
Syn. protect, attend to, be responsible for, look after; see guard 2 , manage 1 .
Syn.- care suggests a weighing down of the mind, as by apprehension or Great responsibility [ worn out by the cares of the day ] ; concern suggests mental uneasiness over someone or something in which one has an affectionate interest [ I feel concern for their welfare ] ; solicitude implies concerned thoughtfulness, often excessive apprehension, for the welfare, safety, or comfort of another [ she stroked his head with Great solicitude] ; worry suggests an actively troubled state of mind, esp. over some anticipated problem [ his chief worry was lack of money ] ; anxiety suggests an apprehensive or uneasy feeling with less mental activity than worry , often over some indefinite but anticipated evil [ she viewed the world situation with anxiety] v.
1. [To be concerned]
Syn. be interested, feel concern, trouble, mind, regard, attend, worry, fret, object, disapprove, give a damn, give a hang, give a hoot*; see also bother 1 , consider 1 .
2. [To be careful]
Syn. be cautious, look out for, be on guard, watch out, be aware of, heed, take precautions; see also mind 3 .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus)
1. carefulness caution, regard, consideration, thought, diligence, pains, prudence, conscientiousness, mindfulness, exactitude, vigilance.
2. concern worry, anxiety, bother, trouble, burden, problem, tribulation, distress.
3. custody charge, protection, supervision, safekeeping, administration, guidance, tutelage, keep.
ANT.: 1. carelessness, negligence
1. be concerned mind, worry, fret, take pains.
2. regard love, hold dear, prize, cherish.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I noun 1. A troubled or anxious state of mind: angst, anxiety, anxiousness, concern, disquiet, disquietude, distress, nervousness, solicitude, unease, uneasiness, worry. See FEELINGS. 2. A cause of distress or anxiety: concern, trouble, worry. See CONCERN. 3. Careful forethought to avoid harm or risk: calculation, carefulness, caution, chariness, gingerliness, precaution, wariness. See FEAR. 4. Attentiveness to detail: carefulness, fastidiousness, meticulousness, pain (used in plural), painstaking, punctiliousness, scrupulousness, thoroughness. See CAREFUL. 5. Cautious attentiveness: carefulness, caution, gingerliness, heed, heedfulness, mindfulness, regard. See CAREFUL. 6. The function of watching, guarding, or overseeing: charge, custody, guardianship, keeping, superintendence, supervision, trust. See CARE FOR. 7. The systematic application of remedies to effect a cure: regimen, rehabilitation, therapy, treatment. Informal: rehab. See HEALTH, HELP. II verb To have an objection: mind, object. See CONCERN.

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