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

Other Words from caretaker

caretake \ ˈker-​ˌtāk How to pronounce caretaker (audio) \ verb
caretaking \ ˈker-​ˌtā-​kiŋ How to pronounce caretaker (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
Recent Examples on the Web The lawsuit filed by Brian and Skye Keyes claimed the girls’ foster mother, Claudette Foster, failed in nearly every capacity to be an adequate caretaker for their children. Asia Simone Burns, ajc, 3 June 2022 The judge noted that Saaem, a stay-at-home father, is the primary caretaker for his 3-year-old son, who was born three months premature and suffers from chronic medical conditions, the Globe reported. Washington Post, 5 Apr. 2022 Zuendel’s daughter, Dianne Zuendel, remembers watching her father be a caretaker for his parents, who also had Alzheimer's, for 15 years. Laura Daniella Sepulveda, The Arizona Republic, 18 Sep. 2021 Then a breeze kicks up on a golden June morning, rolling across the South Bend farm field and tumbling toward its caretaker. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 13 July 2022 On a recent day, Namanda, decked out in sparkly sandals and a soft gray blazer, a Bluetooth headset around her neck, delivered her daughter to her caretaker, who lives in the same housing development. Katie Johnston,, 6 June 2022 My 12-year-old self did promise to be his caretaker forever. Jane Thier, Fortune, 22 May 2022 Johnson hopes to remain in a caretaker position as his Conservative Party elects a new prime minister, a process that may take roughly two months. Fox News, 7 July 2022 In the video from All-Nippon News Network, the penguins can be seen turning their beaks away when a caretaker offers them the alternative fish. Colin Lodewick, Fortune, 7 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of caretaker

1801, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Caretaker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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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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