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 caregiving (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 Evaluations from 2018 depict a man who has readily taken on the role of caregiver for his mother as well as chauffer for his older brother who now lives with them and doesn’t drive. Fox News, "John Hinckley Jr.: Where is Reagan's would-be assassin now?," 20 Feb. 2020 In the film, Louisa (Emilia Clarke) gets a job as Will’s (Sam Claflin) caregiver. Mia Nazareno, Billboard, "10 Songs From Recent Romantic Comedies to Put on Your Valentine's Day Playlist," 14 Feb. 2020 Until then, only a family member, household member or caregiver can take a voter's early ballot to the polls. Andrew Oxford, azcentral, "Arizona's ban on ballot harvesting will remain in place for now," 11 Feb. 2020 But, on the other hand, doctors and other caregivers have staffed hospital wards and fanned out throughout Wuhan and other cities to help contain the infection, putting themselves in danger of falling ill themselves. Time, "The Coronavirus Outbreak Should Bring Out the Best in Humanity," 8 Feb. 2020 The bills would increase the quality of life for a group of workers that includes house cleaners, cooks, waiters, nannies and caregivers who provide services in a private home. Washington Post, "Nonprofit urges lawmakers to protect domestic worker rights," 30 Jan. 2020 Miguel Angel Burgos, a disabled U.S. Navy veteran, said of the Woodbury home owned by caregiver Amro Hegazyamro. Rubén Rosario, Twin Cities, "Rosario: For these disabled veterans, home is truly more than just a place," 22 Dec. 2019 When called, the caregivers will stop by to watch over children with toys, games, and even face painting. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Free Airline Perks to Make Flying With Kids More Bearable," 13 Dec. 2019 Monday was also the first anniversary of the death of Buttigieg's father, University of Notre Dame Professor Joseph Buttigieg, which the candidate noted several times when talking about healthcare and his plans to boost long-term caregivers. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Pete Buttigieg downplays lacking minority support: 'Even African American candidates struggle' in the South," 28 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of caregiver

1886, in the meaning defined above

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23 Feb 2020

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“Caregiver.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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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

Other Words from caregiver

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

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