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
Recent Examples on the Web Phyllis, who worked as a visiting nurse for Inova Home Health in Fairfax County, was also the resident caretaker of their neighborhood. Washington Post, "She was a nurse and flight attendant. He was a soldier. For 69 years, their love spanned the globe.," 26 June 2020 Then my grandfather became ill, and in our culture the eldest son is the caretaker for the parents and family. Kristine M. Kierzek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Three Brothers restaurant's traditions, family love go even deeper than the 63 years it's been in business," 25 June 2020 She was born into slavery and worked as a nurse and caretaker for the majority of her adult life, according to WBEZ. Allison Gordon, CNN, "Trump event speaker criticized for calling Aunt Jemima a 'picture of the American dream'," 24 June 2020 Many are balancing running their companies with being the primary caretaker of young children. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, "Here’s how the coronavirus crisis has affected female founders," 24 June 2020 After all, Sara Lee has been her father’s caretaker for many years, while her siblings fled the farm in tiny Lowake, Texas, for greener pastures. Don Maines, Houston Chronicle, "Postponed ‘Daddy’s Dyin’ to take stage July 10-16 at the Pearl," 22 June 2020 Life gets complicated as the specters of a previous caretaker and her sadistic lover begin to make their presence known. cleveland, "‘The Turn of the Screw’ takes another twist as CVLT streams live theater from the internet: Valley Views," 15 June 2020 Additionally, significant disparities in science literacy between white compared to Black and Hispanic adults may prevent a parent or caretaker from helping a child with STEM concepts and homework. Robert Romanzi, Scientific American, "Keeping Schools Closed Next Fall Could Worsen Science's Diversity Problem," 14 June 2020 His son, Arin Johnson, moved to Canton to become his father's caretaker. Chanel Stitt, Detroit Free Press, "Family, officers honor Detroit cop who died 3 years after shooting," 10 June 2020

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First Known Use of caretaker

1801, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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29 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Caretaker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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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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