Quick answer
"Like" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "gustar", and "care for" is a transitive verb phrase which is often translated as "cuidar a". Learn more about the difference between "like" and "care for" below.
like(
layk
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to find pleasant)
a. gustar
I like getting up early.Me gusta madrugar.
2. (to prefer)
a. gustar
I like anchovies on my pizza.Me gusta la pizza con anchoas.
3. (to get on well with)
a. caer bien
I have known John for years and I really like him.Hace años que conozco a John y me cae muy bien.
4. (to interest romantically)
a. gustar
I really like you. Will you go to the dance with me?Me gustas mucho. ¿Me acompañas al baile?
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
5. (to desire)
a. querer
The queen can do as she likes.La reina puede hacer lo que quiera.
A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
6. (similar to)
a. como
That guy has a car just like mine.Ese chico tiene un coche como el mío.
7. (similarly)
a. como
Act like a professional.Compórtate como un profesional.
8. (such as)
a. como
Volunteers did different jobs like sewing, cooking, and cleaning.Los voluntarios realizaban distintos trabajos, como coser, cocinar y limpiar.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
9. (similar)
a. parecido
Just try to find like people to socialize with.Intenta encontrar a gente parecida a ti con quien alternar.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
10. (comparable)
a. como
The movie version of the musical was nothing like watching it live.La versión de cine del musical no era tan bueno como la versión en vivo.
11.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(used as a filler or in reported speech)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I, like, bumped into him when I least expected it.Pues yo me encontré con él cuando menos me lo esperaba.
When she told me that she was divorcing her husband, I was like, "Why is she telling me this?"Cuando me dijo que se iba a divorciar de su marido, yo pensé: "¿Por qué me está diciendo esto?"
b. en plan
A very informal word or phrase used by a particular group or community as a substitute for standard language (e.g. joint, john).
(slang)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
I'm like gonna tell him as soon as I see him.Voy en plan decírselo en cuanto lo vea.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
12. (telecommunications)
a. el me gusta
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
How many likes did your video get?¿Cuántos me gusta te pusieron en el video?
13. (similiar person or thing)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I don't think we'll be seeing the likes of Mozart and Beethoven again!¡No me imagino que se volverán a ver tipos como Mozart o Beethoven!
We've never had their like around these parts before.Nunca se vio gente así por estas partes.
-like
A suffix is an affix that is added to the end of a word to create a new word with a different meaning (e.g. philia, ism).
suffix
14. (general)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Although this organism is plantlike, it is actually a protist.Aunque este organismo es parecido a una planta, en realidad es una protista.
Some dog breeds are wolflike, but many are not.Algunas razas caninas parecen lobos, pero muchas no.
likes
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
15. (pleasure)
a. gustos
Let's start with your likes and dislikes.Empecemos por tus gustos y aversiones.
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care for(
kehr
 
fawr
)
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (to take care of)
a. cuidar a
Luis cares for his patients in the hospital.Luis cuida a sus pacientes en el hospital.
b. ocuparse de
Lucy cares for an elderly neighbor twice a week.Lucy se ocupa de una vecina anciana dos ves por semana.
c. encargarse de
John cares for the garden in his free time.John se encarga del jardín en su tiempo libre.
2. (to be fond of)
a. querer
You should never ignore someone who cares for you.Nunca debes ignorar a una persona que te quiere.
b. sentir cariño por
Fernando told Marina that he cares for her.Fernando le dijo a Marina que siente cariño por ella.
c. sentir afecto por
She truly seems to care for him.Realmente parece sentir afecto por él.
3. (to feel like having something)
a. querer
Do you care for anything to eat before you go to bed?¿Quieres comer algo antes de acostarte?
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Would you care for a drink with your meal?¿Te gustaría una bebida con la comida?
Would you care for a sandwich?¿Te apetece un sándwich?
4. (to dislike; used in the negative)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I don't care for modern art.El arte moderno no me gusta.
Mary did not care for the idea of spending a whole afternoon with her mother-in-law.A Mary no le hacía ninguna gracia la idea de pasar toda una tarde con su suegra.
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