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 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 With Brooke home as Murphy's caretaker neither will have a job. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, The Indianapolis Star, 11 June 2021 Even after Sinatra stopped touring in 1994, Mr. Oppedisano continued to spend time with the singer as an unofficial caretaker. Will Friedwald, WSJ, 10 June 2021 The three-time Emmy nominee and Oscar nominee will channel her bad side to play the tyrannical caretaker at the orphanage, whom Carol Burnett played in the 1982 film version. Zoe Haylock, Vulture, 8 June 2021 Those who qualify for full Medicaid benefits in Texas include children, pregnant women, parent and caretaker relatives, SSI recipients, people age 65 and older, those with disabilities, and former foster care youth. Alexis Jones,, 7 June 2021 James Mangi of Saline, 73, has been caretaker to his 72-year-old wife, Kathleen Schmidt, since her diagnosis 14 years ago. Minnah Arshad, Detroit Free Press, 7 June 2021 Minneapolis Public Works crews began arriving before sunrise, according to video shared on Instagram by Marcia Howard, a teacher and caretaker of the square. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, 3 June 2021 Currently this could be a boss, a parent or caretaker, a partner, or a friend. Meghan Rose, Glamour, 1 June 2021 On Monday, Oli lost a parliamentary vote of confidence and is now serving in a caretaker role while several parties joust for power. Washington Post, 12 May 2021

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First Known Use of caretaker

1801, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 Jun 2021

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“Caretaker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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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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