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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According to Kensington Palace's Twitter account, the LEAP program Kate learned about yesterday supports parents, their children, and caretakers. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Wore Her Gucci Blouse Backwards and We Almost Missed It," 13 Mar. 2019 The experience eviscerates the caretaker’s soul in a way that words cannot describe. WSJ, "The Good Death: On Leaving This World in a Satisfying Way," 15 Feb. 2019 Barber, also mom to a 7-year-old son and stepmom to a 6-year-old son, is now a full-time caretaker for Jamison, who requires intense 24/7 care. Ashley May, USA TODAY, "Mom bathes 1-year-old son with rare skin disorder in bleach to keep him alive," 21 June 2018 Burial records and plot maps were lost when a fire destroyed a caretaker’s house on the property. Melanie Burney,, "South Jersey cemetery for black Civil War veterans has fallen into disrepair; historic site is on endangered list," 4 May 2018 One of the suspects allegedly found the man's caretaker in another room and brought her into the victim's bedroom before binding her hands. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Two Nevada County men held on $2 million bond after allegedly botching home invasion," 6 Mar. 2018 Even as Kroger's caretakers attempted to dispute the credit charges, Arizona Federal Credit Union used Kroger's account to pay off her credit-card debts. Robert Anglen, azcentral, "Credit union watches elderly woman's account drain, then taps it to pay off drug-using son's bogus charges," 2 Apr. 2018 Population data comes from the group’s annual winter census, where each caretaker counts the cats in his or her colony, including newcomers who need to be sterilized. Kate Elizabeth Queram, Laurel Leader, "Laurel's stray cat population declines as spay/neuter initiative takes hold," 21 Mar. 2018 West worked as a caretaker for an elderly woman who lived at the River Ridge home of her 63-year-old daughter, according to the Sheriff's Office. Michelle Hunter,, "Metairie caretaker stole jewelry, checks from patient's home: JPSO," 23 Apr. 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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