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caregiver

[ kair-giv-er ]
/ ˈkɛərˌgɪv ər /
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noun

a person who cares for someone who is sick or disabled.
an adult who cares for an infant or child.

RELATED WORDS

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

Nearby words

careers officer, carefree, careful, carefully, carefulness, caregiver, caregiver speech, careless, carelessly, carelessness, careline

Origin of caregiver

First recorded in 1980–85; care + giver
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British Dictionary definitions for caregiver

caregiver

/ (ˈkɛəˌɡɪvə) /

noun

US and Canadian a person who has accepted responsibility for looking after a vulnerable neighbour or relativeAlso called: carer
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for caregiver

caregiver


n.

by 1974, from care (n.) + giver. It has, in many senses, the same meaning as care-taker, which ought to be its antonym.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for caregiver

caregiver

[ kârgĭv′ər ]

n.

An individual, such as a physician, nurse, or social worker, who assists in the identification, prevention, or treatment of an illness or disability.
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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