care·​giv·​er | \ ˈker-ˌgi-vər How to pronounce caregiver (audio) \
plural caregivers

Definition of caregiver

: a person who provides direct care (as for children, elderly people, or the chronically ill) The care of a patient with Alzheimer's Disease or a related disorder can be a physical, emotional and financial drain on the family caregiver.— Diane Duquette Ascioti Each child was rated by at least one parent. Questionnaires completed by another significant caregiver (teacher or daycare provider) were available on 85% of the sample …— Alan E. Kazdin et al. You probably can imagine the difficulty a caregiver can have getting an immobile patient into a whirlpool.— Paul G. Donahue

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caregiving \ ˈker-​ˌgi-​viŋ How to pronounce caregiver (audio) \ noun
… researchers have repeatedly documented the psychiatric and physical health effects of family caregiving. — Richard Schulz et al. Many readers … had their own stories of being treated badly at work because of caregiving duties. — Sue Shellenbarger One of the most significant ways you can help animals, educate yourself about the joys and heartbreaks of caregiving and earn untold psychic rewards is to volunteer at a shelter. — Wendy Christensen

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Examples of caregiver in a Sentence

When she got sick her husband became her primary caregiver. he could no longer keep up his role as caregiver for his sick wife
Recent Examples on the Web Richard DiBona, a 53-year-old software manager who was fired from Wayfair, filed a lawsuit against the company for age and caregiver discrimination. Peter Abraham,, "The Andrew Benintendi trade is part of a plan that can’t be judged fairly for a few years," 11 Feb. 2021 Maty Corral-Avila, a full-time caregiver for her 83-year-old mother in Martinez, was the first in her household to get the vaccine, through county health services. Mallory Moench, San Francisco Chronicle, "More Bay Area women are getting vaccinated than men. Here's why," 4 Feb. 2021 Sanctuary officials believe the initial exposure to the virus likely came from an asymptomatic caregiver. Mary Lynn Smith, Star Tribune, "Minnesota sanctuary tiger tests positive for COVID-19," 26 Jan. 2021 Whenever possible, choose a caregiver who is not at high risk for developing COVID-19 complications. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, "So You Have COVID-19—Here's What Experts Recommend You Do Next," 25 Jan. 2021 Every nursing home resident and caregiver in America who wants to be vaccinated against COVID-19 should have gotten at least their first shot by the end of the day Monday. Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY, "Nursing home residents, caregivers who want COVID-19 vaccine should have had first shot by Monday, pharmacies say," 25 Jan. 2021 Indiana was the first state to introduce an essential family caregiver program during the coronavirus pandemic, Rusyniak said. Emily Hopkins, The Indianapolis Star, "Reforms are coming to Indiana's nursing home system. Here's what they mean for Hoosiers.," 21 Jan. 2021 My good friend and her husband Gerald, was a devoted caregiver to Jolene. Janet B. Carson, Arkansas Online, "Jolene Klingaman," 29 Dec. 2020 In the Los Olmos nursing home in the Spanish city of Guadalajara, northeast of Madrid, 96-year-old resident Araceli Hidalgo and a caregiver were the first Spaniards to receive the vaccine. Fox News, "'Believe in science': EU kicks off COVID-19 vaccine campaign," 28 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of caregiver

1886, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of caregiver was in 1886

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25 Feb 2021

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“Caregiver.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of caregiver

US : a person who gives help and protection to someone (such as a child, an old person, or someone who is sick)


care·​giv·​er | \ -ˌgiv-ər How to pronounce caregiver (audio) \

Medical Definition of caregiver

: a person who provides direct care (as for children, elderly people, or the chronically ill) parents and other caregivers

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caregiving \ -​iŋ How to pronounce caregiver (audio) \ noun

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