Anyone know the difference between these two verbs? Both seem to mean 'to care for'. Google image search seems to show more Mother/children/illness care for 照顾, but 安慰 also seems to be largely person based (as opposed to caring for a sofa by not leaving dirty plates on it!).


安慰 (anwei) is used for mental care, similar in meaning to "comfort/consolation". 照顾 (zhaogu) is used for daily care, like that of parents towards kids, nanny towards a baby, nurse towards patients, etc.

Typical use: 他生气了,我安慰他。(He's upset, so I comfort him.) 他生病了,我照顾他。(He's sick, so I took care of him.)

  • Thanks guys - that's really clear now :-)
    – Hashamyim
    Dec 19 '18 at 14:18
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    安慰傷心的人(comfort sad people);安撫生氣的人 (appease angry people)
    – Tang Ho
    Dec 19 '18 at 17:24
  • Agree with the comments on this page, 安慰 is not mentally care, which in English sounds like a job given to caregivers in a psychiatric hospital. The rest of the answer is good.
    – dROOOze
    Dec 20 '18 at 1:14
  • As everyone said - 安慰 is simply to comfort, even a hug and a few nice words, but 照顾 is actual caring for, providing with things and help. Dec 21 '18 at 1:34

• 安慰 = comfort

• 照顾 = to look after

Here’s ABC’s definition and sample sentence for 安慰

comfort; console

Ānwèi ²tā jǐ jù.
Say a few words to comfort her.

Here’s ABC’s definition of 照顾:

1 look after; care for; attend to

2 consider; take into account

Tèshū qíngkuàng kẹ̌yǐ zhàogu.
We'll give consideration to special cases.

patronize (as a customer)


安慰 "make somebody 'not sad'"

照顾 "take care of somebody"

The difference is quite literal in a sense.

(I'm Chinese, but not a grammar expert...)


We usually use chatting to 安慰,such as some fell sad and we should speak something to him to make him happy, this action like 安慰。


He's upset, so I comfort him.) 他生病了,我照顾他。(He's sick, so I took care of him.)[![

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