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[kair-giv-er] /ˈkɛərˌgɪv ər/
a person who cares for someone who is sick or disabled.
an adult who cares for an infant or child.
Origin of caregiver
1980-85; care + giver Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • "To care for" seems to require that the caregiver see oneself as caring person reflected in the other (Watson, 1987).

    Nursing as Caring Anne Boykin
  • In the empathic paradigm, the subjectivity of the other is "assumed to be as whole and valid as that of the caregiver" (p. 68).

    Nursing as Caring Anne Boykin
British Dictionary definitions for caregiver


(US & Canadian) a person who has accepted responsibility for looking after a vulnerable neighbour or relative Also called carer
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for caregiver

by 1974, from care (n.) + giver. It has, in many senses, the same meaning as care-taker, which ought to be its antonym.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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caregiver in Medicine

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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