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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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  • They left the woman to lock up the house and return to her caretaking, and started off up the street.

    Mrs. Vanderstein's jewels Mrs. Charles Bryce
  • Out of the earnings I have withheld my wages as a workman in the mine last winter, and a moderate charge for caretaking since.

    The Helpers Francis Lynde
  • They respond well to all caretaking, to liberal fertilizing and watering, just as they dwindle miserably with neglect.

    Old-Time Gardens Alice Morse Earle
  • The Convention was composed of the most orderly, caretaking and reputable of men, and the author of the draught was one of them.

  • Best of all, she would regather during the hour not a little strength to be used later in the caretaking of her children.

    Farm Boys and Girls

    William Arch McKeever
  • So the gray-headed and caretaking warriors declared that the ship was exceedingly well provided.

    Ulric the Jarl William O. Stoddard
  • It was a caretaking like the sudden stilling of the tempest that came to the little household.

    The Wizard's Daughter and Other Stories Margaret Collier Graham
British Dictionary definitions for caretaking


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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