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Take care (of yourself).
1. Good-bye and keep yourself healthy. John: I'll seeyou next month. Good-bye. Bob: Good-bye, John. Take care of yourself. Mary: Take care. Sue: Okay. See you later.
2. Take care of your health and get well. Mary: Don't worry. I'll get better soon. Sue: Well, take care of yourself. Bye. Jane: I'm sorry you're ill. Bob: Oh, it's nothing. Jane: Well, take care of yourself.
1. Be careful, use caution, as in Take care or you will slip on the ice. [Late 1500s]
2. Good-bye, as in I have to go now; take care. This apparent abbreviation of take care of yourself is used both orally and in writing, where it sometimes replaces the conventional Sincerely or Love in signing off correspondence. [Colloquial; 1960s]
take caresaid to someone on leaving them.
The usage arose out of the original, more literal sense, ‘be cautious’.
take ˈcare (that .../to do something)be careful: Take care that you don’t fall and hurt yourself. ♢ He took great care not to let his personal problems interfere with his work.
tv. Good-bye, be careful. Take care. See you in Philly.
To be careful: Take care or you will slip on the ice.