care about (someone or something)

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care about (someone or something)

1. To have a strong feeling of love or affection for someone or something; to cherish someone or something. Can be used in the negative to mean the opposite. There is nothing I care about more than my children. Yeah, I loved that doll when I was three, but I don't care about it anymore, so feel free to sell it at the garage sale.
2. To be interested in or concerned about someone or something. Often used in the negative to mean the opposite. Rachel clearly doesn't care about us because she just does whatever she wants, no matter how selfish it is. He keeps getting parking tickets because he doesn't care about signs or restrictions posted on the street.
See also: care

care about someone or something

 
1. to hold someone or something dear; to prize someone or something. I really care about you. I care very much about my family.
2. to have even minimal regard for someone or something. (Does not imply any of the tender feelings expressed in {1}.) Don't you care about animals? I care about what happens in Washington.
See also: care
References in classic literature ?
you'll be having a wife to care about one of these days, if you get on at this pace in the world.
If you love writing, love poetry, are passionate and truly care about one of the greatest art forms in the world we want to hear from you."
In other words, we are made with a predisposition to care about one another's lives.
And I only came to care about one poor person because I put myself in a place where that could happen.
Manners can do that because they are gentle signals that show we care about one another.