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 With schools going to remote learning and women still seen as the primary caregiver in most U.S. households, this has had a devastating effect on working moms. Gail Peace, Forbes, 20 May 2021 New Yorkers must be absent, ill or disabled, a primary caregiver of someone who is ill or physically disabled, or in jail awaiting grand-jury action or sentencing to get a mail-in ballot. Karl Rove, WSJ, 7 Apr. 2021 The Musical and drummed eight shows a week, moved to California temporarily and is now the primary caregiver for his 15-month-old son, while his wife works remotely. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, 12 Mar. 2021 According to Jack Shonkoff, director of the Harvard University Center on the Developing Child, separation from a parent removes the connection children need with a primary caregiver and subjects them to an onslaught of elevated stress. Lucy Bassett, Scientific American, 1 Dec. 2020 Oralia Soto had pain in her lungs, but being the sole caregiver for her 12-year-old diabetic great-granddaughter left no time to see a doctor. Arelis R. Hernández, Washington Post, 22 Sep. 2020 Brown knew the child’s caregiver, Monica Sherrod, and her teenage son, Wise said. Dallas News, 25 May 2021 On a Thursday this spring, Jennie (the cat) sat on the dining-room table, by Virginia and her daughter-in-law Rose, who is subsidized by Medicaid to act as Virginia’s caregiver for nine hours each week. Katie Engelhart, The New Yorker, 24 May 2021 This stereotype places culturally specific expectations onto Black women that include unyielding strength and caregiver roles for people of multiple generations. Cheryl Robinson, Forbes, 23 May 2021

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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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13 Jun 2021

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“Caregiver.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 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

Other Words from caregiver

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


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