From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishcare for somebody/something phrasal verb1 to look after someone who is not able to look after themselves SYN take care of He thanked the nurses who had cared for him. The children are well cared for.2 to do things that keep something in good condition Instructions on caring for your new sofa are included.3 would you care for sth? spoken formal used to ask someone politely if they would like something Would you care for another drink?4 not care for somebody/something formal to not like someone or something I don’t much care for his parents. → care→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpuscare for • Humans have managed to learn so much because generations of adults put effort into caring for children.• I read the chapter in which the fox explains how important it is to be tamed and cared for.• It was about elderly people I just wanted to be properly cared for.• Taking the worry out of caring for the departed.• Fathers take 33 percent of all leave days to care for a sick child when a caregiver is unavailable.• You must care for him a lot, Vi.• He told me, to prove that he cared for me, but 1 already knew that.• They need the information which will motivate them to care for the child.would you care for something?• Would you care for a drink?• How well would he care for them?not care for somebody/something• He did not gain many public commissions, because he did not care for architectural competitions.• I did not care for him.• Some people do not make good managers, or do not care for management tasks.• The dean's daughter did not care for shell-fish, so they were forced to start dinner with caviare.• In addition, a reader for whom a happy ending is essential may not care for some of Joan Aiken. 4.• Now the whole country is run by a myopic bourgeoisie with a mentality that does not care for the people.• My husband and the minister wives who come to the party do not care for the rice cake.• Let us wash our hands of those who do not care for us.