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caretaker

[ kair-tey-ker ]
/ ˈkɛərˌteɪ kər /
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noun

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.

adjective

involving the temporary performance of the duties of an office: a caretaker government.

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Nearby words

cares, caress, caressive, caressively, caret, caretaker, carew, carew, thomas, careworn, carex, carey

Origin of caretaker

First recorded in 1855–60; care + taker
Related formscare·tak·ing, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for care-taker

caretaker

/ (ˈkɛəˌteɪkə) /

noun

a person who is in charge of a place or thing, esp in the owner's absencethe caretaker of a school
(modifier) holding office temporarily; interima caretaker government
social welfare a person who takes care of a vulnerable person, often a close relativeSee also carer
Derived Formscaretaking, noun
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Word Origin and History for care-taker

care-taker


n.

also caretaker, 1858, from care (n.) + agent noun of take (v.). The back-formed verb caretake is attested by 1893.

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