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  1. a person who cares for someone who is sick or disabled.
  2. an adult who cares for an infant or child.
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Origin of caregiver

First recorded in 1980–85; care + giver
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Related Words for caregiver

caretaker, custodian, nurse, nanny, babysitter, governess, father, parent, mother

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Historical Examples of caregiver

  • In the empathic paradigm, the subjectivity of the other is "assumed to be as whole and valid as that of the caregiver" (p. 68).

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

British Dictionary definitions for caregiver


  1. US and Canadian a person who has accepted responsibility for looking after a vulnerable neighbour or relativeAlso called: carer
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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.

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caregiver in Medicine


  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.
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