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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Imamoglu, who had already been sworn into office, was replaced with a caretaker, and a new vote was ordered. Jason Epstein, National Review, "Whoever Wins Istanbul’s Mayoral Election, There’s Trouble Ahead for Erdogan," 22 June 2019 Philadelphia’s 16,000 nannies, caretakers, and house cleaners could be next. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Housekeepers and nannies in Philadelphia may soon win basic legal rights," 21 June 2019 All season long, parents, caretakers and camp counselors drive crowded cars, mini-vans and buses of kids and teens to lakefront beaches and packed park district pools. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Daywatch: Chilling details in U. of I. slaying trial, higher property taxes possible and other things to know to start your day," 21 June 2019 For young people who are caretakers and trying to propel their career – this is especially for you. NBC News, "5 awesome, must-read books for new grads," 21 June 2019 Leo, the 9-year-old Burundian boy for whom Alex has served as caretaker and guardian since their arrival in the United States in 2014, got a green card, allowing him to remain in the country. Scott Helman,, "Asylum denied for guardian of young burn victim from Africa," 20 June 2019 It is run by Anne-Marie Schneider, a children’s caretaker for most of the year, and her husband, Marcel Schneider. David Waldstein, New York Times, "Finding an Oasis at Tennis’s Most Crowded Major," 4 June 2019 Two adult caretakers and two of the children who were stabbed were taken to local hospitals in stable condition. Zolan Kanno-youngs, WSJ, "Three Infants, Two Adults Stabbed at Possible Birthing Center in Queens," 21 Sep. 2018 The neighbor said Krajnyak was her mother's caretaker and describes the husband as a massage therapist and nice man. CBS News, "Deadly California office explosion investigated as a crime," 16 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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