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

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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Women are the primary caretakers in their families. Neil Shah, WSJ, "Michele Anthony Grew Up in the Music Business—Now She Helps Steer It," 23 Nov. 2018 While Prince William's childhood caretakers did not attend Norland, members of the royal family, including Princess Anne, have hired nannies from the school in the past. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meet the Cambridge's Royal Nanny, Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo," 13 Oct. 2018 There is also a caretaker’s house and a home for the kennel manager. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Giant Plantation Once Owned by Chrysler Chief Asks Almost $30 Million," 15 Nov. 2018 Because a lot of people think there’s going to be robot caretakers. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: ‘Temp’ author Louis Hyman on Recode Decode," 29 Aug. 2018 This number also can easily communicate with children and animals, displaying a soft tenderness and caretaker spirit. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "The Basics of Numerology: How to Calculate Your Life Path and Destiny Numbers," 16 July 2018 Do not panic, because Wonk Cat’s (relieved) caretaker said this week that the feline had been spotted on campus. Sarah Larimer, Washington Post, "This cat has made its college decision. It picked American University.," 22 June 2018 For the years leading up to his death at age 40, Radziwill was her husband’s primary caretaker alongside his first cousin, John F. Kennedy, Jr., and his wife, Radziwill’s close friend Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy., "Carole Radziwill Doesn't Care If She's Your Favorite Real Housewife," 11 June 2018 After much excitement after the Zoo closed its panda exhibit to the public on June 24, caretakers have now confirmed that Mei Xiang will not be delivering a cub this year. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Giant Panda Mei Xiang Will Not Give Birth," 5 July 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

: 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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