- 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
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Examples from the Web for care-taker
Strange, the care-taker did not tell me they had been taken away!The Strollers
Frederic S. Isham
Tim Brady, the care-taker, would bring him food at stated intervals.Blazed Trail Stories
Stewart Edward White
There has been no one at their house, except one old man who acts as care-taker.The Grammar School Boys of Gridley
H. Irving Hancock
They only had the care-taker and her husband and these men on the place.Peggy in Her Blue Frock
Eliza Orne White
The care-taker and his wife declared they would live there no longer.A Stable for Nightmares
J. Sheridan Le Fanu
- a person who is in charge of a place or thing, esp in the owner's absencethe caretaker of a school
- (modifier) holding office temporarily; interima caretaker government
- social welfare a person who takes care of a vulnerable person, often a close relativeSee also carer
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Word Origin and History for care-taker
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