• To be concerned (about), to have an interest (in); to feel concern (about).
  • To want, to desire; to like; to be inclined towards.
  • For it to matter to, or make any difference to.
  • (with for) To look after or look out for.
  • To mind; to object.


  • From Middle English care, from Old English caru, ċearu, from Proto-Germanic *karō, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵeh₂r-. Cognate with Old Saxon cara, kara, Middle High German kar, Icelandic kör, Gothic 𐌺𐌰𐍂𐌰. Related also to Dutch karig, German karg, Latin garriō, Ancient Greek γῆρυς. See also chary.
  • From Middle English caren, carien, from Old English carian, from Proto-West Germanic *karōn, from Proto-Germanic *karōną.
  • Cognate with Middle High German karn, Alemannic German karen, kären, Swedish kära, Icelandic kæra, Gothic 𐌺𐌰𐍂𐍉𐌽.

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