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
 
'caretaking
 
n

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caretaker
1858, from care + take.
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Example sentences
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.
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