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noun American English pronunciation: care /ker/ 
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singularcare
pluralcares
  1. 1
    [uncountable] effort and attention

    I can see that a lot of care has gone into your work.

    with care:

    The label on the box said "Handle with care."

    great/special/extra care:

    He was choosing his words with great care.

    reasonable/due care legal:

    The employer had failed to exercise reasonable care.

    exercise care formal:

    The police must exercise more care in the arrest of young offenders.

  2. 2
    [uncountable] the activity, skill, or profession of looking after someone who needs help or protection

    Some of the injured were in need of hospital care.

    The unit provides specialist medical care for premature babies.

    The elderly residents receive an excellent standard of care and treatment.

    I left him in your care – you should have watched him!

    care of:

    a technique used in the care of mental patients

    1. a.
      in the U.K., the system in which local government takes care of children whose parents are either dead or not able to take care of them themselves
      in care:

      She spent her first 12 years in care.

      take someone into care:

      Her two children were taken into care.

  3. 3
    [uncountable] the use of skill and effort to keep something in good condition

    advice on the proper care of your new car

    a good skin-care routine

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