KJV Dictionary Definition: care


CARE, n.

1. Concern; anxiety; solicitude; nothing some degree of pain in the mind, from apprehension of evil.

They shall eat bread by weight and with care. Ezek. 4.

2. Caution; a looking to; regard; attention, or heed, with a view to safety or protection, as in the phrase, take care of yourself.

A want of care does more damage than a want of knowledge.

3. Charge or oversight, implying concern for safety and prosperity; as, he was under the care of a physician.

That which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches. 2 Cor. 6.

4. The object of care, or watchful regard and attention; as, Is she thy care?

CARE, v.t.

1. To be anxious or solicitous; to be concerned about.

Master, carest thou not that we perish? Mark 4.

2. To be inclined or disposed; to have regard to; with for before a noun, and to before a verb. Not caring to observe the wind. Great masters in painting never care for drawing people in the fashion. In this sense the word implies a less degree of concern. The different degrees of anxiety expressed by this word constitute the chief differences in its signification or applications.


CAREFUL, a. See Care.

1. Full of care; anxious; solicitous.

Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things. Luke 10.

2. Provident; attentive to support and protect; with of or for.

Thou hast been careful for us with all care. 2 Kings 4.

What could a careful father more have done. Dryden.

In present usage careful is generally followed by of; as, careful of health.

3. Watchful; cautious; giving good heed; as, be careful to maintain good works; be careful of your conversation.

4. Filling with care or solicitude; exposing to concern, anxiety or trouble; full of cares.

Raised to a careful height.



1. Anxiety; solicitude.

Drink thy water with trembling and with carefulness. Ezek. 12.

2. Heedfulness; caution; vigilance, in guarding against evil, and providing for safety.