care-taking

caretaker

[kair-tey-ker]
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:
1855–60; care + taker

caretaking, noun
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caretaker (ˈkɛəˌteɪkə)
 
n
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 See also carer a person who takes care of a vulnerable person, often a close relative
 
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caretaker
1858, from care + take.
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