take care of (third-person singular simple present takes care of, present participle taking care of, simple past took care of, past participle taken care of)
- (transitive) To look after, to provide care for.
My elderly mother needs to be taken care of.
- (transitive) To deal with, handle.
Can somebody take care of the customers while I clean this mess?
2023 February 4, Katie Rogers, quoting Joe Biden, “Look! Up in the Sky! It’s a … Chinese Spy Balloon?”, in The New York Times, →ISSN:
People had time to think up some questions, including reporters who shouted “Are you going to shoot down the balloon?” at President Biden shortly before the dirigible came down. “We’re going to take care of it,” the president told reporters in Syracuse, N.Y., where he was visiting family.
- (transitive, slang, euphemistic) To kill.
In the motion picture ‘The Godfather’, gangster Virgil Sollozzo took care of Luca Brasi by having him strangled.
- Armenian: խնամել (hy) (xnamel)
- Catalan: tenir cura de, cuidar (ca)
- Cantonese: 照顧／照顾 (ziu3 gu3)
- Mandarin: 照顧／照顾 (zh) (zhàogù)
- Dutch: zorgen voor
- Esperanto: flegi (eo) (nurse)
- Finnish: huolehtia (fi)
- French: soigner (fr), prendre soin de (fr), s’occuper de (fr)
- Galician: coidar (gl)
- German: sich kümmern um, pflegen (de)
- Ancient: κομίζω (komízō)
- Hebrew: טִפֵּל (tipél)
- Hungarian: gondoskodik (hu), ellát (hu), ápol (hu), gondját viseli
- Irish: tabhair aire do
- Italian: badare (it), prendersi cura, stare dietro
- Ladino: kudiar
- Latin: cūrō (la)
- Ngazidja Comorian: hwangalia
- Polish: dbać (pl) impf
- Portuguese: cuidar (pt)
- Romanian: (eg. ai grijă de tine) (please verify) a avea grijă de
- Russian: забо́титься (ru) impf (zabótitʹsja), позабо́титься (ru) pf (pozabótitʹsja), присма́тривать (ru) impf (prismátrivatʹ), присмотре́ть (ru) pf (prismotrétʹ)
- Serbo-Croatian: brinuti se o, starati se (sh)
- Spanish: cuidar (es)
- Swahili: kutunza
- Swedish: ta hand om (sv)
- Tocharian B: yärp-