care·​tak·​er | \ ˈker-ˌtā-kər How to pronounce caretaker (audio) \

Definition of caretaker

1 : one that gives physical or emotional care and support served as caretaker to the younger children
2 : one that takes care of the house or land of an owner who may be absent
3 : one temporarily fulfilling the function of office a caretaker government

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Other Words from caretaker

caretake \ ˈker-​ˌtāk How to pronounce caretake (audio) \ verb
caretaking \ ˈker-​ˌtā-​kiŋ How to pronounce caretaking (audio) \ noun

Examples of caretaker in a Sentence

We have a caretaker who watches the place for us while we are away. hired a caretaker for the mansion during the winter months

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To protect that, those who loved them both would be selective caretakers for what was relayed. J. Brady Mccollough,, "USC’s Kevin Porter Jr. chases NBA dream to honor a father he barely knew," 16 June 2019 Kraig had been the sole caretaker on the day of the child’s death in August 2016, Multnomah County prosecutors said. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Man gets 10 years for killing girlfriend's 2-year-old son," 1 Aug. 2018 In 2015, one of the caretakers Krall had hired to look after the property shot the other. Author: Alistair Gardiner, Anchorage Daily News, "Man under investigation for Shuyak Island oil spill says Coast Guard told him to store fuel that way," 3 May 2018 Au became the caretaker for her younger brother and sister, juggling jobs (babysitter, baker) to keep food on the table. Lori Basheda,, "Couple invites public to crash their wedding to raise funds for charities," 26 Apr. 2018 Stefan Lofven, the leader of the Social Democratic Party who has been prime minister for four years, will continue in a caretaker role until a new Swedish government can be formed that has the command of the Riksdagen, the national parliament. David Keyton, Fox News, "Sweden's center-left PM loses confidence vote," 25 Sep. 2018 Even a caretaker’s authorized use of medical marijuana use can be grounds for removing children. Shaila Dewan, New York Times, "Family Separation: It’s a Problem for U.S. Citizens, Too," 22 June 2018 But Vitale’s images also reveal the tireless work of pandas’ caretakers. Maya Wei-haas, Smithsonian, "Why Photographing Pandas Is More Challenging Than You Might Think," 21 May 2018 Where to Stay and EatEach of MET’s guesthouses (book at has a caretaker-cook who can prepare hearty meals right in your kitchen—a major plus, since most villages have no restaurants. Christopher Bagley, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Bewitching Time Warp of Transylvania, Romania," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of caretaker

1801, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of caretaker

: a person who takes care of buildings or land while the owner is not there
chiefly US : a person who gives physical or emotional care to someone (such as a child, an old person, or someone who is sick)


care·​tak·​er | \ ˈker-ˌtā-kər How to pronounce caretaker (audio) \

Kids Definition of caretaker

: a person who takes care of property for someone else

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to take the place or position of

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