day care

noun
variants: or less commonly daycare or day-care

Definition of day care 

1 : supervision of and care for children or physically or mentally disabled adults that is provided during the day by a person or organization often used before another noun a day care centerday care workersday-care facilities

2 : a program, facility, or organization offering day care a child enrolled in day care

Examples of day care in a Sentence

She left work early to pick up her son from day care.

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The council’s Planning Committee also reviewed another business proposal – one that would permit Christina Buckner of South Holland, Ill., to turn a home in the 4200 block of West 21st Avenue into a day care facility. Gregory Tejeda, Post-Tribune, "Approval for two new businesses pitched in Gary," 13 June 2018 The building where the blast occurred is across the street from an academy and day care facility, NBC Los Angeles reported. NBC News, "Blast at California building that killed one may have been intentional, sources say," 16 May 2018 This is especially important now given the growing number of Americans who are paying out of pocket for day-to-day care. Tom Coburn, WSJ, "Shop Around for Surgery? Colorado May Soon Encourage It," 4 May 2018 Kiddiegarden is a licensed day care and was last inspected in October 2017. Anne Branigin, The Root, "Indiana Day Care Shut Down After Brutal Attack on 1-Year-Old," 4 May 2018 Specialized employees have even been brought in to assist with the day-to-day care. Christina Zhao, Newsweek, "Senior Citizens in Japan Are Committing Crimes Because They Want to Go to Jail," 21 Mar. 2018 Children at the Central Presbyterian church day care were moved by workers to a nearby church, according to AJC. Erin B. Logan, Anchorage Daily News, "Disgruntled veteran lights himself on fire to protest VA at Georgia Capitol," 27 June 2018 Parents can check Texas state inspectors' reports for day care centers, which are available online. Dana Burke, Houston Chronicle, "Houston day care centers cited by state inspectors," 27 June 2018 Children at the Central Presbyterian church day care were moved by workers to a nearby church, according to AJC. Erin B. Logan, Washington Post, "Disgruntled veteran lights himself on fire to protest VA at Georgia Capitol," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of day care

1898, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 Sep 2018

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The first known use of day care was in 1898

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day care

noun

English Language Learners Definition of day care

: a place, program, or organization that takes care of children or sick adults during the day usually while their family members are at work

day care

noun

Kids Definition of day care

: a program in which or a place where care is provided during the day for young children

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