Quick answer
"Look after" is a transitive verb phrase which is often translated as "cuidar", and "take care of" is a transitive verb phrase which is often translated as "encargarse de". Learn more about the difference between "look after" and "take care of" below.
look after(
look
 
ahf
-
tuhr
)
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
Oscar looks after patients in the hospital.Oscar cuida a los pacientes del hospital.
b. cuidar de
Juliana looks after orphaned bats for a local animal charity.Juliana cuida de murciélagos huérfanos para una organización benéfica local de animales.
c. velar por
There were commandos taking turns looking after the security of the building.Había comandos que se turnaban para velar por la seguridad alrededor del edificio.
d. atender
Marta looks after the hotel's guests.Marta atiende a los huéspedes del hotel.
2. (to keep watch on)
a. vigilar
Please, look after the children while I pay at the cashier's.Por favor, vigila a los niños mientras pago en la caja.
b. cuidar
My cousin is looking after the house for me while I'm away on business.Mi primo me está cuidando la casa mientras ando fuera de negocios.
3. (to manage)
a. encargarse de
My sister looks after the shoe store on Tuesdays.Mi hermana se encarga de la zapatería los martes.
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take care of(
teyk
 
kehr
 
uhv
)
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 assume responsibility for)
a. encargarse de
Can you take care of preparing the room for our meeting?¿Te puedes encargar de preparar la sala para nuestra reunión?
b. ocuparse de
You need to take care of that ticket before you have more trouble.Debes ocuparte de esa infracción antes de tener más problemas.
2. (to care for)
a. cuidar
My parents take care of the kids on Saturday afternoons.Mis padres cuidan a mis hijos los sábados por la tarde.
b. cuidar de
The doctor decided my grandfather was no longer able to take care of himself.El médico decidió que mi abuelo ya no podía cuidar de sí mismo.
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