care for

care for
1. have a liking, fondness, or taste (for) (Freq. 4)
Hypernyms: ↑like
Verb Frames:

Somebody ——s something


Somebody ——s VERB-ing

2. be fond of; be attached to
Syn: ↑cherish, ↑hold dear, ↑treasure
Derivationally related forms: ↑treasure (for: ↑treasure)
Hypernyms: ↑love
Hyponyms: ↑yearn
Verb Frames:

Somebody ——s something


Somebody ——s somebody


Sam cannot care for Sue


Sam and Sue care for the movie

3. provide treatment for

The doctor treated my broken leg


The nurses cared for the bomb victims


The patient must be treated right away or she will die


Treat the infection with antibiotics

Syn: ↑treat
Derivationally related forms: ↑treatment (for: ↑treat)
Verb Frames:

Somebody ——s something


Somebody ——s somebody


Did he care for his foot?

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care for [phrasal verb]
1 care for (someone or something) : to do the things that are needed to help and protect (a person or animal) : to look after (someone or something)

She cares for [=takes care of] elderly patients.

Who is caring for your son while you are at work?

I cared for his cat while he was away.

2 care for (someone) : to feel affection for (someone)

He sent flowers to show that he cares for you.

I got the feeling he never really cared for me.

3 care for (something) somewhat formal
3 a : to like or enjoy (something)
— often used in negative statements

I don't care for [=like] jelly beans.

He doesn't care for sports.

I don't care for your tone of voice.

3 b : to want (something)

Would you care for some pie?

I don't care for any more coffee.

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Main Entry:care

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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