care·tak·er | \ ˈker-ˌtā-kər \

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 \-ˌtāk \ verb
caretaking noun

Synonyms for caretaker


caregiver, carer, guardian

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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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Toddler Story Time Children ages 18-36 months and their caretaker can enjoy brief stories, songs, marching with instruments and an occasional craft. Mary Lou Cruz,, "Coral Springs area events July 18-28," 13 July 2018 Yudith Santos asks her daughter to behave, to eat well and to list to their caretaker. Silvia Foster-frau, San Antonio Express-News, "Immigrant mother separated from her daughters reaches out with a letter," 10 July 2018 Many thanks to the Visiting Nurse Association, nurses Kelly and Noreen from Hartford Healthcare Hospice and her loving caretakers, Jenn, Netti and Abena. Hartford Courant,, "Santina Amenta," 6 July 2018 Shirley also lived through 20 years with a traveling circus, according to her caretakers at the The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. Joe Marusak, charlotteobserver, "She survived Castro, a crash and a burning ship. Now Shirley the elephant is turning 70," 5 July 2018 Stay tuned: Mei Xiang and her caretakers may soon have their hands full. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "A Primer on the Zoo’s Possibly Pregnant Giant Panda," 28 June 2018 Justice Department lawyers were planning to file a challenge to the Flores settlement, which requires the government to release children from custody and to their parents, adult relatives or other caretakers, in order of preference. Washington Post, "Trump’s immigration order sparks confusion, deep concern," 22 June 2018 The Flores settlement, named for a teenage girl who brought the case in the 1980s, requires the government to release children from custody and to their parents, adult relatives or other caretakers, in order of preference. Jill Colvin And Colleen Long, Indianapolis Star, "Trump signs executive order to end immigrant family separations," 20 June 2018 The idea boils down to this: A parent or caretaker sets aside a pair of brightly colored socks. Shelbie Lynn Bostedt, RedEye Chicago, "Big Idea Awards winner Safe Socks looks to increase child abuse awareness," 29 Sep. 2017

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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

: 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 \

Kids Definition of caretaker

: a person who takes care of property for someone else

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