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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Stefan Lofven, the leader of the Social Democratic Party who has been prime minister for four years, will continue in a caretaker role until a new Swedish government can be formed that has the command of the Riksdagen, the national parliament. David Keyton, Fox News, "Sweden's center-left PM loses confidence vote," 25 Sep. 2018 Even a caretaker’s authorized use of medical marijuana use can be grounds for removing children. Shaila Dewan, New York Times, "Family Separation: It’s a Problem for U.S. Citizens, Too," 22 June 2018 But Vitale’s images also reveal the tireless work of pandas’ caretakers. Maya Wei-haas, Smithsonian, "Why Photographing Pandas Is More Challenging Than You Might Think," 21 May 2018 Where to Stay and EatEach of MET’s guesthouses (book at has a caretaker-cook who can prepare hearty meals right in your kitchen—a major plus, since most villages have no restaurants. Christopher Bagley, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Bewitching Time Warp of Transylvania, Romania," 4 May 2018 While female employment has strengthened far faster among nonfarm animal caretakers than in most jobs, the gender pay gap has worsened slightly. USA TODAY, "Women in the workforce: 20 jobs that have become dominated by women," 21 Mar. 2018 Some of them were also performing caretaker roles for their own children or became guardians of younger nieces, nephews or cousins. Jonece Starr Dunigan,, "Birmingham group advocating for the mental health of black women nationwide," 6 Mar. 2018 Reese’s body really was found in the basement of the caretaker’s house at Finn’s Point, but the rest of Cunanan’s interaction with Reese is obviously an invention of the show’s writers. Eliza Thompson, Cosmopolitan, "Everything in The Assassination of Gianni Versace That Really Happened (And What Didn't)," 15 Feb. 2018 Cruz had been living with a caretaker, Rocxanne Deschamps, who initially took in both brothers after their mother died in November., "Zachary Cruz hoping to escape shadow of his brother's Parkland killing spree by moving to Virginia," 13 May 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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