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Care, subst., 1) grief, sorrow: “deep-drenched in a sea of c.” Lucr. 1100. in her (Hecuba) “the painter had anatomized . . . grim --'s reign,” Lucr. 1100 “her lively colour killed with deadly --s,” Lucr. 1100 “winter, which being full of c. makes summer's welcome thrice more wished,” Sonn. 56, 13. “c. killed a cat,” Ado V, 1, 133. “dull with c. and melancholy,” Err. I, 2, 20. “knows not my feeble key of untuned --s,” V, 310. “undone and forfeited to --s for ever,” All's II, 3, 284. “c. is an enemy to life,” Tw. I, 3, 3. “Nestor-like aged in an age of c.” H6A II, 5, 6. “nor grieve that Rouen is so recovered; c. is no cure,” III, 3, 3. “so --s and joys abound as seasons fleet,” H6B II, 4, 4. “while heart is drowned in --s,” H6C III, 3, 14 etc.
2) anxious concern, solicitude: “save thieves and --s and troubled minds that wake,” Lucr. 126. to whose (his soul's) “weak ruins muster troops of --s,” Lucr. 126 “carrier of grisly c.” Lucr. 126 “age is full of c.” Pilgr. 158. it (my heart) “keeps on the windy side of c.” Ado II, 1, 327. “they lose it that do buy it with much c.” Merch. I, 1, 75. “you are withered; 'tis with --s,” Shr. II, 240. “brings a thousand-fold more c. to keep,” H6C II, 2, 52 etc. -- To take no c. == to be unconcerned: “take you no c.” H6A I, 4, 21. “take no c. who chafes, who frets,” Mcb. IV, 1, 90. “take thou no c.” Ant. V, 2, 269.
3) watchful regard and attention: “all my mind, my thought, my busy c. is how to get my palfrey from the mare,” Ven. 383. “with what c. he cranks and crosses,” Ven. 383 “her whose busy c. is bent to follow,” Sonn. 143, 6. “I have used thee with human c.” Tp. I, 2, 346. “I thank thee for thine honest c.” Gentl. III, 1, 22. “fixing our eyes on whom our c. was fixed,” Err. I, 1, 85. “thanks, provost, for thy c. and secrecy,” Meas. V, 536. “effect it with some c.” Mids. II, 1, 265. “my chief c. is to come fairly off . . .” Merch. I, 1, 127. “I am content, in a good father's c., to have him matched,” Shr. IV, 4, 31. “be wary in thy studious c.” H6A II, 5, 97. “the reverent c. I bear unto my lord,” H6B III, 1, 34. “make the rabble call our --s fears,” Cor. III, 1, 137 etc. Past cure I am, now reason is past c. (== pays no more attention to me) Sonn. 147, 9. “past cure is still past c.” LLL V, 2, 28. “past hope, past c., past help,” Rom. IV, 1, 45 (the spurious Q1 and most M. Edd. cure). cf. H6A III, 3, 3. -- Be't not in thy c. == be unconcerned about it: Tim. III, 4, 117. so much for my peculiar c. == as regards myself, Cymb. V, 5, 83. -- Followed by of: “I have done nothing but in c. of thee,” Tp. I, 2, 16. “in so profound abysm I throw all c. of others' voices,” Sonn. 112, 9. “the great c. of goods,” Err. I, 1, 43. “in c. of your most royal person,” H6C III, 2, 254. “for this c. of Tamora,” Tit. IV, 2, 170. Per. I, 2, 28. -- Followed by an infinitive: “is wandered forth in c. to seek me out,” Err. II, 2, 3. -- Used for the object of attention: “thou best of dearest and mine only c.” Sonn. 48, 7. “speak, thy father's c.” H6A IV, 6, 26.
To have c. == to be attentive, to do one's office: “good boatswain, have c.” Tp. I, 1, 10. To have a c., in the same sense: “good cousin, have a c. this busy time,” Ado I, 2, 28. Followed by of, == to pay attention to: “let some of my people have a special c. of him,” Tw. III, 4, 69. “my lady prays you to have a c. of him,” Tw. III, 4, 69 “to have a reverent care of your health,” H4B I, 2, 113. “have a c. of thyself,” II, 4, 410. “I must have a c. of you,” Per. IV, 1, 50. cf. “the care you have of us,” H6B III, 1, 66. “of whom you seem to have so tender c.” H6C IV, 6, 66. “most charitable c. have the patricians of you,” Cor. I, 1, 67. “hast thou no c. of me?” Ant. IV, 15, 60. “the horses with all the c. I had, I saw well chosen,” H8 II, 2, 2. -- Followed by an infinitive, == to be intent or bent on: “it seems he hath great c. to please his wife,” Err. II, 1, 56. “the c. I have had to even your content,” All's I, 3, 3. “I have more c. to stay than will to go,” Rom. III, 5, 23.
To have a c. == to take heed, in the language of low people: “have a c. of your entertainments,” Wiv. IV, 5, 77. “have a c. that your bills be not stolen,” Ado III, 3, 43. “have a c. the honey-bag break not,” Mids. IV, 1, 15.
To keep a c. == to care for, to be interested in: “if of life you keep a c.” Tp. II, 1, 303. To make a c., in the same sense: “if you make a c. of happy holding her,” Wint. IV, 4, 366. “keep good quarter and good c. to-night,” John V, 5, 20 (== be on your guard).
To take some c. == to take pains: “we will take some c.” LLL V, 2, 511. “he took some c. to get her cunning schoolmasters,” Shr. I, 1, 191. cf. “that we have taken no c. to your best courses,” Per. IV, 1, 39 (to == for, tending to). “of your own state take c.” Wint. IV, 4, 459 (mind your own state). “I have ta'en too little c. of this,” Lr. III, 4, 33 (I have paid too little attention to this). “let no man take c. for himself,” Tp. V, 257 (== let no man be attentive to his own interests).
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