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Careful, 1) full of cares, subject to anxiety, sorrow, or want: “c. hours have written strange defeatures in my face,” Err. V, 298. “full of c. business are his looks,” R2 II, 2, 75. “let us our lives, our souls, our debts, our c. wives . . . . lay on the king,” H5 IV, 1, 248 (cf. 145: “their wives left poor behind them). by Him that raised me to this c. height,” R3 I, 3, 83. Probably also in the following passage: “I am not tall enough to become the function well, nor lean enough to be thought a good student; but to be said an honest man and a good housekeeper goes as fairly as to say a c. man and a great scholar,” Tw. IV, 2, 11 (i. e. a great scholar, but oppressed with want and lean with fasting).
2) attentive, provident: “how c. was I . . . each trifle under truest bars to thrust,” Sonn. 48, 1. “as a c. housewife runs to catch . . .,” 143, 1. Tp. I, 2, 174. Err. I, 1, 79 “(for).” Wint. IV, 4, 702. H4B II, 4, 348. R3 II, 2, 96. V, 3, 54. H8 I, 2, 130. Tit. IV, 3, 21. V, 1, 77. V, 3, 21. Rom. III, 5, 108. Lr. III, 3, 21. Ant. IV, 3, 7. Per. III Prol. 16. III, 1, 81. “under the covering of a c. night, who seemed my good protector,” Per. I, 2, 81 (the night being treated here as a reasonable being). Strange expression: “till time beget some c. remedy,” Tit. IV, 3, 30; perhaps a corrupt passage (v. carefully in v. 28); we should substitute cureful, if this were a Shakespearian word.
With a negation: “the eagle suffers little birds to sing and is not c. what they mean thereby,” Tit. IV, 4, 84 (== does not care).
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