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day care

noun
1.
supervised daytime care for preschool children, the elderly, or those with chronic disabilities, usually provided at a center outside the home.
Origin of day care
1940-1945
1940-45

day-care

[dey-kair] /ˈdeɪˌkɛər/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or providing day care:
day-care center; day-care program.
Origin
1960-65
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daycare

/ˈdeɪˌkɛə/
noun (social welfare)
1.
(Brit) occupation, treatment, or supervision during the working day for people who might be at risk if left on their own, or whose usual carers need daytime relief
2.
(Brit) welfare services provided by a local authority, health service, or voluntary body during the day Compare residential care
3.
(NZ) short for daycare centre
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day care

n.

also daycare, day-care, 1964, from day + care (n.).

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