care·giv·er | \ ˈker-ˌgi-vər \
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 \ 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

Synonyms for caregiver


carer, caretaker, guardian

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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

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Mikaleah Moment pushes her way into a recreational room where a dozen or so seniors and their caregivers sit at tables bathed in the blue glow of a daytime game show. Simon Montlake, The Christian Science Monitor, "For three families, Tulsa experiment offers chance to grasp American dream," 3 July 2018 Regent is absorbing all of Freedom, including all of its caregivers and all of its clients., "Regent Healthcare of Hanover acquires Freedom In Home Care," 26 June 2018 The work both Rohn and Hall are doing is incredibly important to the future of Idaho and its residents, some of whom will end up with Alzheimer’s, while others will act as their caregivers and medical champions. Mark Rudin, idahostatesman, "At Boise State, Idaho’s only Alzheimer’s researchers labor to grasp a growing disease," 14 June 2018 Many health care vendors will participate in the free event open to area seniors and their caregivers. Staff Report, Daily Southtown, "Community news: Orland Township students earn scholarships," 7 June 2018 The family expresses appreciation to all of Alice's caregivers in her last days and to those who gave spiritual encouragement. Hartford Courant,, "Alice Louise Taylor," 1 June 2018 Statewide, only two other large counties had more children die at the hands of caregivers — Harris with 30, and Tarrant, 10. Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje, San Antonio Express-News, "Many child neglect or abuse fatalities linked to substance abuse," 2 May 2018 This will leave many children in unsafe conditions and rob them of their caregivers. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Have Medicaid? New Michigan bill may force you to work," 18 Apr. 2018 Hawking went on to marry Elaine Mason, one of his caregivers, five years after his divorce from Wilde. Maria Vultaggio, Newsweek, "Who Is Stephen Hawking’s Ex-Wife? How Jane Wilde Described Their Marriage Breakdown," 14 Mar. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of caregiver

: 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 \

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 \ noun

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