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Difference between Care about something and Care for something

care about something

1. feel anxiety or concern about smth.:

  • I’m not sure that anyone in the audience really cares much about what happens to him.

2. take an interest in smth.:

  • Jack didn’t care about anything but horses and dogs, and lived every day of his life.

care for something

1. wish for smth.:

  • “Care for a bit of navy plug?” He never dreamt of boarding a trawler without strong navy plug tobacco in his pocket.

2. = care about something 2:

  • Do you care for Venetian glass? Ah, not so very much, I see; but you would be converted, I am sure you would, by my chandelier.

3. look after smth.; preserve smth. with care:

  • The skilled staff needed not only to maintain the fabric of the buildings but to care for the precious pictures.

Note: The expression does not fully correlate in meaning with the phrase take care of something

1. = care for something 3:

  • Young ladies are delicate plants. They should take care of their health and their complexion.

2. deal with problems, etc.:

  • He found himself besieged with petitions for jobs. It was impossible to take care of all of them.