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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theycare for
he/she/itcares for
present participlecaring for
past tensecared for
past participlecared for
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  1. 1
    care for someone to love someone, especially in a way that is based on friendship rather than sex
    He really cared for her.
    She made him feel special and cared for.
  2. 2
    care for someone to do the necessary things for someone who needs help or protection
    The inspectors make sure that the elderly residents are well cared for.
    Teach your children how to care for their pets.
  3. 3
    care for something to treat something carefully so that it stays in good condition
    Your clothes won’t last if you don’t care for them properly.
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a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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