caretaker

noun care·tak·er \ ˈker-ˌtā-kər \
Updated on: 12 Apr 2018
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

caretake

play \-ˌtāk\ verb

caretaking

noun

Examples of caretaker in a Sentence

  1. We have a caretaker who watches the place for us while we are away.

  2. hired a caretaker for the mansion during the winter months

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First Known Use of caretaker

1801

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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CARETAKER Defined for English Language Learners

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)


CARETAKER Defined for Kids

caretaker

noun care·tak·er \ ˈker-ˌtā-kər \
: a person who takes care of property for someone else


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