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1. verb To be cautious or careful. Take care not to slip on the gravel as you're leaving. Be sure to take care and not get into any trouble while you're traveling. We have to take care when we're typing up the transcript not to change any words.
2. expression Used by extension as a parting salutation. Thanks for visiting, take care!
3. expression, slang A parting salutation intended to be dismissive or indicate contempt for the one being addressed. A: "I don't think we can be friends anymore." B: "Take care then."
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.
Good-bye. This contemporary of have a nice day and no problem became current in the late 1960s or early 1970s and has spread like the proverbial wildfire. It appears both orally and in written form, replacing Sincerely, or Love in signing off informal correspondence. It does not, however, mean “be careful,” but rather appears to be a shortening of “take (good) care of yourself.”