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day care

supervised daytime care for preschool children, the elderly, or those with chronic disabilities, usually provided at a center outside the home.
Origin of day care


[dey-kair] /ˈdeɪˌkɛər/
of, relating to, or providing day care:
day-care center; day-care program.
1960-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He is not in school yet and does not attend day care.
  • These included increasing cash grants for more children, extended maternity leave benefits, and enhanced day care services.
  • Many put their little darlings in day care long before they start school.
  • Local governments, which foot part of the bill for day care, are in dire financial straits.
  • They are provided with breakfast, lunch and day care before and after school.
  • Government handouts for day care and a tremendous range of social services are tremendous.
  • We were both able to stay employed and avoid the perils of day care.
  • They're supposed to be the tip of the spear, not a day care center or a social engineering lab.
  • Someone from a day care center left me a voicemail about applying for their open position.
  • Or put one in day care full-time-think of all of these options and don't feel badly about any of it.
Word Origin and History for day care

also daycare, day-care, 1964, from day + care (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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