- a state of mind in which one is troubled; worry, anxiety, or concern
- a cause or object of worry, anxiety, concern, etc.
- serious attention; solicitude; heed; caution
- the provision of what is needed for the well-being or protection of a person or thing
- temporary keeping, as for the benefit of or until claimed by the owner
- grief; suffering; sorrow.
verb (used without object), cared, car·ing.
- to be concerned or solicitous; have thought or regard.
- to be concerned or have a special preference (usually used in negative constructions)
- to make provision or look out (usually followed by for
- to have an inclination, liking, fondness, or affection (usually followed by for
verb (used with object), cared, car·ing.
- to feel concern about
- to wish; desire;
Origin before 900; (noun) Middle English;
Etymology: Old English caru, cearu, cognate with Gothic kara, Old High German chara “lament”
“This fountain, affectionately known as the “book fountain,” stands outside of the Cincinnati Main Library. According to the library, “the sculpture features water cascading over a stack of ceramic tile books, representing the free flow of information and ideas through the printed word.” Designed by Michael Frasca and dedicated in 1990, the Amelia Valerio Weinberg Memorial Fountain “was made possible by a bequest from Mrs. Weinberg.” source
- of special beauty or charm, or rare and appealing excellence, as a face, a flower, colouring, music, or poetry.
- extraordinarily fine or admirable; consummate.
- intense; acute, or keen, as pleasure or pain.
- of rare excellence of production or execution, as works of art or workmanship.
- keenly or delicately sensitive or responsive: an exquisite ear for music; an exquisite sensibility.
- of particular refinement or elegance, as taste, manners, etc., or persons.
- carefully sought out, chosen, ascertained, devised, etc.
- Archaic: a person, especially a man, who is excessively concerned about clothes, grooming, etc.; dandy; coxcomb.
Etymology: from Latin exquīsītus, perfect passive participle of exquīrō, “seek out”.