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[kair-giv-er] /ˈkɛərˌgɪv ər/
a person who cares for someone who is sick or disabled.
an adult who cares for an infant or child.
Origin of caregiver
First recorded in 1980-85; care + giver Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • In the empathic paradigm, the subjectivity of the other is "assumed to be as whole and valid as that of the caregiver" (p. 68).

    Nursing as Caring Anne Boykin
  • "To care for" seems to require that the caregiver see oneself as caring person reflected in the other (Watson, 1987).

    Nursing as Caring Anne Boykin
British Dictionary definitions for caregiver


(US & Canadian) a person who has accepted responsibility for looking after a vulnerable neighbour or relative Also called carer
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for caregiver

by 1974, from care (n.) + giver. It has, in many senses, the same meaning as care-taker, which ought to be its antonym.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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caregiver in Medicine

caregiver care·giv·er (kâr'gĭv'ər)

  1. An individual, such as a physician, nurse, or social worker, who assists in the identification, prevention, or treatment of an illness or disability.

  2. An individual, such as a parent, foster parent, or head of a household, who attends to the needs of a child or dependent adult.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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