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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Other Words from caregiver

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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This is really step number one for a caregiver, Dr. Porter says. Jacqueline Andriakos, SELF, "How to Provide Quality Care for Someone You Love With Alzheimer’s," 4 Dec. 2018 Photo: Sandy Huffaker for The Wall Street Journal The program is mostly geared toward patients who are in the early to moderate stages of dementia, who are typically living with family or at home with caregivers. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "To Help Alzheimer’s Patients, a Care Center Re-Creates the 1950s," 18 Sep. 2018 One regular had a doctor’s appointment and is at home nearby with a caregiver. Carlos Frías, miamiherald, "This Miami food truck is a grocery store on wheels — where convenience comes to you," 2 July 2018 Catholic Charities Fort Worth has sheltered 28 immigrant children separated from parents — and reunited 16 with caregivers — since the government first implemented President Donald Trump's zero tolerance policy in April. Diane Smith And Anna M. Tinsley, star-telegram, "Fort Worth shelter has seen a 'revolving door' of immigrant children," 27 June 2018 Recommended for children 6 and older (younger siblings welcome with caregiver). Jennifer Jhon, South Florida Parenting, "Family fun: Free art workshops, Caribbean fests, Lychee celebration," 26 June 2018 Patience Worth, sometimes Angel Patience or Thy Mither, was presented as a caregiver in the child’s life. Joy Lanzendorfer, Longreads, "Ghost Writer: The Story of Patience Worth, the Posthumous Author," 14 June 2018 Over the years, the social and recreational program has offered opportunities for those living in group homes, with caregivers, independently or with family, to get together twice a month for an afternoon of bingo, bowling or a pizza dance party. Mikaela Porter, Courant Community, "Mandell Jewish Community Center Fashion Show For Adults With Special Needs To Pay Tribute To Founder Ilene Schloss," 23 Apr. 2018 The first caregiver became suspicious and followed Menchaca home earlier this month and met his parents. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Arizona man fakes having Down syndrome, hires women to bathe him and change his diapers: police," 15 Sep. 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

Other Words from caregiver

caregiving \ -​iŋ \ noun

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