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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Example sentences
Two examples he mentioned: a contractor who installs beautiful kitchens and a
  thoughtful, engaging caregiver to the elderly.
If one is hospitalized and takes unfamiliar medications as administered by a
  caregiver, one might be given a placebo.
Side note--his caregiver smokes and my husband has asthma and sinus issues
  within minutes the caregiver comes into the house.
She put her program on hold to be with me, which was one of many sacrifices she
  has had to make as my caregiver.
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