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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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  • One day the caretaker went for him as usual, and found him lying dead, stretched across the grave.

    Our Little Scotch Cousin Blanche McManus
  • Some day I may deem it worth while to claim my own; until then you can be my caretaker, my tenant.

    The Doomsman Van Tassel Sutphen
  • The caretaker told me they call it the 'Cradle of Liberty,' here; and I don't wonder.

    The Sunbridge Girls at Six Star Ranch Eleanor H. (Eleanor Hodgman) Porter
  • Then you are only here as caretaker when the family is away?

    The Stretton Street Affair William Le Queux
  • She crossed, and rang the bell, on the chance that some caretaker might be within; but no one answered.

    The Whirlpool George Gissing
British Dictionary definitions for caretaker


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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