to take care of

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - take care of

"to take care of"

to protect someone or something


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - take care of

"to take care of"

to oversee and/or be responsible for something


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Idiom Definition 3

Idiom Definition - take care of

"to take care of"

to give a gratuity


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Idiom Definition 4

Idiom Definition - take care of

"to take care of"

to beat or kill someone


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - take care of

A husband and wife are talking ...

Wife:  We really need a night out to relax and have some fun.

Husband:  That's a good idea but what about the children?

Wife: We can get a babysitter to take care of the kids.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - take care of

Two coworkers are talking ...

Worker 1:  The boss has just announced yet another new project.

Worker 2:  Who's going to take care of it?

Worker 1:  I suppose since I have the fewest projects at the moment that it will be my job to supervise the new project.

Idiom Scenario 3

Idiom Definition - take care of

A couple are just arriving in their hotel room ...

Wife:  I guess I should give the porter a tip for bringing our luggage.

Husband:  It's OK. I took care of him already.

Wife:  How much money did you give him?

Husband:  Five dollars.

Idiom Scenario 4

Idiom Definition - take care of

Two drug lords are talking ...

Drug lord 1:  Did you find the man who betrayed you to the police?

Drug lord 2:  Yes, he's been caught.

Drug lord 1:  Do you want me to kill him for you?

Drug lord 2:  No. I'll take care of the snitch myself.

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to take care of - Gerund Form:

Taking care of an elderly mother is a son's duty.

Taking care of the bellboy is appropriate.

Taking care of the enemy is commonplace for criminals.

to take care of - Examples:

1)  This is where we have evolved, and we have to take care of our home.

2)  The community works together to grow crops, take care of animals, take care of the community, and build a latrine for each family.

3)  I work full time and always take care of our son when I am home.

4)  I will take care of that enemy, whether human or demonic.

5)  Sounds like a textbook example of what happens when management does not take care of its people.

6)  She loves taking care of other people.

7)  We believe that taking care of one's health is an individual responsibility.

8)  The idea that the government is responsible for taking care of people is ludicrous.

9)  There is certainly nothing wrong with taking care of the environment.

10)  That money could have been better used in taking care of the national debt.

11)  Avoid stress. There are things that have to be taken care of - just like every other vacation.

12)  I know my dentist would have taken care of her. He is a great person.

13)  If that is taken care of, at least one step of the problem is resolved.

14)  I'm assuming that you guys got it taken care of but it would've been nice to have more of a heads up.

15)  There were always ten things I hadn't done that I could have taken care of if I'd just been a little more disciplined.

16)  There are no dues, but Judy Stitler from Ellwood City takes care of the donations.

17)  He takes care of us and makes us all feel special. It's awesome.

18)  A father takes care of all his children, but is particularly tender of the little ones.

19)  How about the nurse aid that takes care of you in the hospital or takes care of the elderly in nursing homes?

20)  The children go to school, Otto works hard on his business and Edith takes care of the household.