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[kair-tey-ker] /ˈkɛərˌteɪ kər/
a person who is in charge of the maintenance of a building, estate, etc.; superintendent.
a person or group that temporarily performs the duties of an office.
British. a janitor.
a person who takes care of another.
involving the temporary performance of the duties of an office:
a caretaker government.
Origin of caretaker
1855-60; care + taker
Related forms
caretaking, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for caretaker
  • The basic foundation of psychological health is trust from the original caretaker.
  • Since becoming the collection's official caretaker, she has reached out to specialists in metals, plastics and rubber.
  • As caretaker of the village's cremation ground, he claimed to have a license to dispose of the dead.
  • My father has been her primary caretaker and this has been adversely affecting his health as well.
  • From a ghostly bagpiper to a creepy caretaker to a haunted hound, restless spirits abound.
  • Now retired, he spends his time with his caretaker and enjoys swimming and walking through the forests he once logged.
  • If the gate's not open, knock and the caretaker will let you wander the grounds.
  • How these two peoples-the destined parvenu and the doomed caretaker of a continent-would have interacted is a potent mystery.
  • We backed up and followed the gravel road to a small caretaker shack.
  • Thank you for allowing me to share my thoughts not only about seizure response dogs, but also about my former caretaker.
British Dictionary definitions for caretaker


a person who is in charge of a place or thing, esp in the owner's absence: the caretaker of a school
(modifier) holding office temporarily; interim: a caretaker government
(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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