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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
First recorded in 1855-60; care + taker
Related forms
caretaking, noun Unabridged
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  • What 48have been the recognized essentials in that care-taking of motherhood?

    The Family and it's Members Anna Garlin Spencer
  • She ignored the care-taking phrase as if she had not heard it.

    The King of Arcadia Francis Lynde
  • Barbara was silent, and felt the shy, care-taking glance of her maid.

    John March, Southerner George W. Cable
  • "I'm not leaning out," said Miss Brewster, as if she resented his care-taking.

  • The care-taking and maintenance of a now considerably grown Polar bear soon became matter of inconvenience.

    Memorials of the Sea William Scoresby
  • He ate of Mother Allen's chicken-broth and of toast from Mattie's care-taking hand, and gradually reassumed color and heart.

  • One of the best features of agricultural life consists in the great amount of care-taking which it imposes upon its followers.

    Domesticated Animals Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
  • Sudden and brilliant ideas came more seldom to Miss Bibby than to the children she was “care-taking.”

  • "James Frederick ought to send something, Mother," reminded the care-taking Mary.

    Carl and the Cotton Gin

    Sara Ware Bassett
British Dictionary definitions for care-taking


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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