care for - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theycare for
he/she/itcares for
present participlecaring for
past tensecared for
past participlecared for
  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.

See also main entry: care