a person who cares for someone who is sick or disabled.
an adult who cares for an infant or child.

1980–85; care + giver Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
caregiver (ˈkɛəˌɡɪvə)
(US), (Canadian) Also called: carer a person who has accepted responsibility for looking after a vulnerable neighbour or relative

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Word Origin & History

by 1974, from care + give. It has, in many senses, the same meaning as caretaker, which might seem as though it ought to be an antonym.
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Medical Dictionary

caregiver care·giv·er (kâr'gĭv'ər)

  1. An individual, such as a physician, nurse, or social worker, who assists in the identification, prevention, or treatment of an illness or disability.

  2. An individual, such as a parent, foster parent, or head of a household, who attends to the needs of a child or dependent adult.

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