My mother being asian, always put it in my head that kids should take care of aging parents.
That sadness, and the sheer level of pain I was in almost paralyzed me, leaving me unable to take care of my home or my children.
Cue the opening chords of “Promised Land,” to be followed by classics new—“We take care of Our Own”—and old—“Thunder Road.”
She may be living way outside of her plush comfort zone, but she knows how to take care of herself.
He wants to can me from my freelance day job so I can take care of our daughter full-time.
We all of us take care of ourselves, but Gail is the play mother.
I want you to take this money, and take care of it, while I am gone on my present voyage.
May God take care of him, for he never could take care of himself.
He will take care of him for you till you are ready to have him again.
I had a right to take care of myself; yet will I never be forgiven.
Old English caru, cearu "sorrow, anxiety, grief," also "burdens of mind; serious mental attention," from Proto-Germanic *karo (cf. Old Saxon kara "sorrow;" Old High German chara "wail, lament;" Gothic kara "sorrow, trouble, care;" German Karfreitag "Good Friday"), from PIE root *gar- "cry out, call, scream" (cf. Irish gairm "shout, cry, call;" see garrulous).
Different sense evolution in related Dutch karig "scanty, frugal," German karg "stingy, scanty." The sense development in English is from "cry" to "lamentation" to "grief." Meaning "charge, oversight, protection" is attested c.1400, the sense in care of in addressing. To take care of "take in hand, do" is from 1580s.
Old English carian, cearian "be anxious, grieve; to feel concern or interest," from Proto-Germanic *karojanan (cf. Old High German charon "to lament," Old Saxon karon "to care, to sorrow"), from the same source as care (n.). OED emphasizes that it is in "no way related to L. cura." Related: Cared; caring.
To not care as a negative dismissal is attested from mid-13c. Phrase couldn't care less is from 1946; could care less in the same sense (with an understood negative) is from 1966. Care also figures in many "similies of indifference" in the form don't care a _____, with the blank filled by fig, pin, button, cent, straw, rush, point, farthing, snap, etc., etc.
Positive senses, e.g. "have an inclination" (1550s); "have fondness for" (1520s) seem to have developed later as mirrors to the earlier negative ones.