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

Synonyms for caretaker


caregiver, carer, guardian

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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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Thornton, who now works as a caretaker at a private residence in Hawaii, read the April report on Jimmy Williams, a Show Jumping Hall of Fame trainer who worked with young women at the Flintridge Riding Club near Pasadena. Jeff Mcdonald,, "#MeToo movement prompts disclosure of alleged sexual abuse at La Jolla Farms Stables," 8 July 2018 As caretakers, nurses have emblematized a public-minded approach among union activists. Livia Gershon, Longreads, "Nurses, Unite!," 28 June 2018 That same day, a representative from a nonprofit agency conducted an inspection of Ms. Serrano’s home as part of the process to certify her as a caretaker. Jennifer Levitz, WSJ, "After Border Separation, Family Tries to Get Nephew Out of Foster Care," 22 June 2018 Jensvold was applying for a job as Koko’s caretaker. Deborah Netburn,, "What it's like to be interviewed for a job by Koko the gorilla: 'She had a lot to say'," 22 June 2018 Perhaps the trailer’s scenes of fumbling over homework and chores are just evidence of a man coming into his own as a primary caretaker — a journey taken by all four fathers that Refinery29 spoke to., "The Incredibles 2 Wants To Turn Stay-At-Home Dads Into Superheroes," 13 June 2018 Curley later recognized that the driver was Sharrow, who worked as his grandmother's caretaker 12 years ago. CBS News, "Man run down on baseball field, 50 years after killing girl in hit-and-run," 4 June 2018 Krstajic was first brought in as a caretaker after Muslin’s shock dismissal, despite having never held a previous coaching position. Derek Gatopoulos And Srdjan Nedeljkovic,, "World Cup Countdown: Serbia hope to crash group stage ceiling with new manager," 1 June 2018 More from Mansion Rex Lau, a caretaker for the property, said Mr. Albee, who spent his summers there, was a keen gardener, and could be seen pruning trees well into his 80s. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Hamptons Home of Playwright Edward Albee Asks $20 Million," 9 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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