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caretaker

[kair-tey-ker] /ˈkɛərˌteɪ kər/
noun
1.
a person who is in charge of the maintenance of a building, estate, etc.; superintendent.
2.
a person or group that temporarily performs the duties of an office.
3.
British. a janitor.
4.
a person who takes care of another.
adjective
5.
involving the temporary performance of the duties of an office:
a caretaker government.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60; care + taker
Related forms
caretaking, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for care-taker

caretaker

/ˈkɛəˌteɪkə/
noun
1.
a person who is in charge of a place or thing, esp in the owner's absence: the caretaker of a school
2.
(modifier) holding office temporarily; interim: a caretaker government
3.
(social welfare) a person who takes care of a vulnerable person, often a close relative See also carer
Derived Forms
caretaking, noun
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Word Origin and History for care-taker
n.

also caretaker, 1858, from care (n.) + agent noun of take (v.). The back-formed verb caretake is attested by 1893.

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