day care

variants: or less commonly daycare \ ˈdā-​ˌker How to pronounce daycare (audio) \ 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 nouna 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Records also showed the last day Taylor Williams attended the Naval Air Station day care was April 29. Freida Frisaro, ajc, "Missing girl last seen in May: alone, wandering, ‘looking for my momma’," 15 Nov. 2019 For example, infant day care is about $1,000 a month. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "Here’s How to Foolproof Your Budget for Parenthood," 15 Nov. 2019 There were a few restaurants, a few grocery stores, and day care was very difficult. Jane Stueckemann, Houston Chronicle, "Villager Q&A: Mary-Lou Fitch, a Hometown Hero, shares her life of service," 6 Sep. 2019 Noah’s mother, of Fort Lauderdale, was notified of her son’s death at Broward sheriff headquarters sometime after a day care employee made the horrifying discovery. Brooke Baitinger,, "2-year-old boy found dead in hot day care van," 30 July 2019 Broward County had gifted the alarm to the day care center in 2013. Lisa J. Huriash,, "Driver in child’s day care death told cops she hadn’t been trained on safety, warrant says," 24 Sep. 2019 The new laws, Senate Bills 276 and 714, would create state oversight of medical exemptions for vaccines required to attend public and private schools, as well as day care centers. Los Angeles Times, "California Senate evacuated after vaccine bill protester throws ‘what appeared to be blood’ onto lawmakers," 13 Sep. 2019 The day care center did not reply to a CNN request for comment. Rebekah Riess And Theresa Waldrop, CNN, "Ohio day care workers charged after 5-year-old endures 'extreme bullying,' police say," 12 Sep. 2019 At one point, dozens of children had to be evacuated from a day care center next door. Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY, "'Nothing short of a miracle': Dramatic standoff with Philadelphia gunman ends with no loss of life," 15 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of day care

1898, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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28 Nov 2019

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“Day care.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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

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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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